Photography Bio & Film Resume

With a strong background in finance and entrepreneurship from Syracuse University David brings a unique perspective to all his creative projects. In 2010-2011 David worked in Maui, HI, as a freelance photographer & videographer by day, and a Luau photographer by night. David’s photography art has been displayed at locations on Maui, and soon to be in a special event in Ma'alea on Saturday March 16. David is currently working with world-class body painter Rachel Deboer. Together they are known as Cerebral Chameleon, exploring life and emotion through body painting. David is an avid travel photographer/ videographer with experience in movie set photography, fashion, live event, theater photography, and portraiture.

Over the last few years David has had the amazing opportunity to and study under, and work with his very good friend, GQ Magazine's Ben Ferrari (Ben Ferrari Street Style).

In addition to his wild commitment to art & photography, David is also a filmmaker with credentials. David is an executive producer on the feature length indie drama Magic Valley (2011) that recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and the 2011 Rome International Film Festival starring Kyle Gallner & Scott Glenn. David is also executive producing two in development feature length projects, the upcoming independent drama Unicorns (2014), and documentary Keepers of the Earth (2013).

In the summer of 2011 David moved to California for 7 weeks to work on pre-production & shoot behind-the-scenes & set photography on Leah Meyerhoff’s indie film Unicorns (2012). David had the pleasure of working with many talented cast & crewmembers including indie super-producer Heather Rae.

David is currently working on his directorial debut, the 35mm short, Jungle Girl (2013) filming all on location in Maui winter 2012.

David is a screenwriter & the creator of Strong Johnson©. David has written two feature length screenplays, the action/comedy Strong Johnson & the animated comedy Operation: Night B4 Christmas as well as several shorts.

David is a Sourcer & A Burner. In 2012 He had the opportunity to change his life & artistic outlook by attending the arts festivals Source in February, and Burning Man in August. At both festivals he spread analogue love by gifting instant photos to his fellow attendees. David even started DK's Instant Film Database on Facebook for everyone to share the instant photos he gives them.

2013 is looking bright with the home release of Magic Valley, the completion of his directorial debut, now running at 38 minutes, Jungle Girl, and a coffee table body painting book with his Cerebral Chameleon partner Rachel Deboer.


“Where Have All the Pay Phones Gone?” is my photographic philosophy. It’s a calling to use old ways and analogue techniques to create more artistic images. The Pay Phones reference came about when I was location scouting for the movie, “Unicorns,” and we were tasked to find a mom & pop gas station with a pay phone. This task, like shooting on film, became more difficult than anyone thought, simply because there aren’t as many pay phones, mom & pop gas stations or people shooting on film as there used to be. Analogue photography was becoming a dying art for a while until groups of stubborn photographers demanded the artistic qualities of film survive for future generations of beautiful photography on film.

Holding a freshly printed instant photo in your hand is like getting a big warm hug from the camera. WHATPPG is about nailing it in camera. If you’ll want your final image orange, use an orange filter. You will never get the same image quality with a post-production filter, it’s just not possible, and for those of us who know the difference, it still matters.

I use a wide array of cameras, film stocks, filters, and techniques to highlight the beauty in the nuances of every scene as each different camera and medium captures it.

Pay Phones is digital photography as well. It’s carrying around filter wallets with every color in the spectrum. It’s stacking filters for natural vignettes. It’s taking the extra time to produce a more final image in camera. It’s slowing down & shooting more like film.

Where Have All the Pay Phones Gone? is my constant search to capture dying traditions using tried and tested methods in direct collaboration with new digital techniques.

© David Kupferberg 2018