David Drebin

Canada 1970


David Drebin
David Drebin
February 23, 2015

David Drebin is a Canadian photographer, known for his glamorous advertising and fashion photography, which invites the viewer into a metropolitan nightlife of champagne and luxury.

Drebin was born in 1970 in Toronto, Canada. After successfully completing the Parsons School of Design in New York City in 1996, David Drebin rapidly made a name for himself as an internationally renowned photographer creating images of movie stars, sports personalities and various entertainers and subsequently was commissioned for countless high profile advertising campaigns around the world. Among his exclusive circle of customers are businesses such as American Express, Davidoff, Mercedes, MTV, Nike, and Sony. His works are published in magazines such as Elle, GQ, Marie Claire, New York Times, Rolling Stone, Travel and Leisure, and Vanity Fair.

David Drebin captures the ephemeral quality of beauty and dignity through his documentarian style of photography. The attractive, and often lonesome woman, is often the focal point as she is placed amidst an unusual environment marked by a cinematic backdrop. The photographer underlines the staged nature of his scenes using harsh contrasts of light and color. Drebin’s photographs are epic, dramatic and, above all, cinematic. In a unique and opulent way, Drebin stages attractive women against the gigantic backdrops of cities such as Hong Kong, New York, and Paris. The panorama of the big cities, which, due to their format, are a tribute to cinema, serve as gigantic settings. With their impressive skyscrapers, they provide the viewer with a nearly infinite surface for the imagination.

In a unique manner, David Drebin’s work combines voyeuristic and psychological viewpoints. His intention is to liberate the viewer from the system of rules of everyday life and restore his faith, emotion, and humanity. The distinctive tension and depth in his pictures arise from the free combination of such differing topics as humor, sex and melancholy.

Drebin’s first comprehensive illustrated book, Love and Other Stories, was published in 2007, and signaled his transformation from commercial photographer to art photographer. Since 2004, his work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions across Europe and United States.

The photographer is currently based in New York.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumGroup/Solo
2013Camera Work 15 YearsCamera Work, Berlin, GermanySolo
2013DreamscapesPhotography Limited editions, Vienna, AustriaSolo
2013Beautiful DisastersRoom 8 Gallery, Sao Paulo, BrazilSolo
2013Art WynwoodWynwood, United StatesGroup
2013Art Palm BeachPalm Beach, United StatesGroup
2012David DrebinGalerie de Bellefeuille, Montréal, CanadaSolo
2012Beautiful DisastersRize Art Gallery, Amsterdam, HollandSolo
2012Beautiful DisastersCamera Work, Berlin, GermanySolo
2012PhotographsContessa Gallery, Cleveland, United StatesSolo
2012Second TourYoung Gallery, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
2012Art MiamiMiami, United StatesGroup
2012Istanbul Contemporary Art FairIstanbul, TurkeyGroup
2012Paris PhotoParis, FranceGroup
2012Art TorontoToronto, CanadaGroup
2012Art GreenwichGreenwich, Great BritainGroup
2012Raw art FairRotterdam, NetherlandsGroup
2012Art NaplesNaples, ItalyGroup
2012Art Palm BeachPalm Beach, United StatesGroup
2011David DrebinElipsis Gallery, Istanbul, TurkeySolo
2011New WorkContessa Gallery, Cleveland, United StatesSolo
2011Best of David DrebinPhotographers Limited Edition, Vienna, AustriaSolo
2011David DrebinGalerie de Bellefeuille, Montréal, CanadaSolo
2011Art MiamiMiami, United StatesGroup
2011Art Palm BeachPalm Beach, United StatesGroup
2011Art Fair ChicagoChicago, United StatesGroup
2011Art NaplesNaples, ItalyGroup
2011Scope BaselBasel, SwitzerlandGroup
2011Art TorontoToronto, CanadaGroup
2011Art MiamiMiami, United States Group
2010David DrebinGalerie de Bellefeuille, Montréal, CanadaSolo
2010Dramatic, Epic, CinematicContessa Gallery, Cleveland, United StatesSolo
2010FashionFeatured group museum show in Stockholm, Sweden Solo
2010The Morning AfterCamera Work, Berlin, GermanySolo
2010TemptationFahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, United StatesSolo
2009Dreamscapes and GirlsBrucie Gallery, Kiev, UkraineSolo
2008DreamscapesW Hotel, Westwood, California, United StatesSolo
2008TraumfrauenHouse of Photography, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, GermanySolo
2008David DrebinThe Willem ArtCentre, Vlissingen, NetherlandsSolo
2008Sexy Funny, Funny SexyTorch Gallery, Amsterdam, NetherlandsSolo
2007Love & Other StoriesFahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, United StatesSolo
2007Love & Other StoriesYoung Gallery, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
2006David DrebinQuartier 206, Berlin, GermanySolo
2005PhotographienCamera Work, Berlin, GermanySolo
2005Unbounded YouthFahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, United StatesSolo
2004I love you tooGallery One, Toronto, CanadaSolo