David Darby, ASC, is a cinematographer based in Los Angeles, California.
Since 1985, Darby has been shooting commercials non-stop around the world with many of the most accomplished and celebrated directors ever to take on the genre.
Prior to his commercial days, Darby was a director-cameraman on PBS documentaries and programming.
His love for photography began with a passion for black and white photojournalism at age 12. While studying Advanced Photojournalism at the Rochester Institute of Technology, an introductory class to film production bumped him in that direction and a full-time position opened-up within Eastman Kodak Company’s in-house Motion Picture Production Department. There, he learned film making from the ground up; everything from editing and cinematography to conforming A and B rolls for finished films. His first solo effort as a Director/Cameraman on a documentary film won the 1977 New York State Craftsmen International Film Festival and was aired nationally by PBS.
In addition to national and international commercials, Darby photographed two independent features: “True Rights” and the feature short “Farsighted”.
London International Advertising Awards Cinematography Finalist: Samsung "Automotive”
London International Advertising Awards Cinematography Finalist: Infiniti "Introduction”
Clio Cinematography Nomination: Amtrak "California Zephyr”
Kinsale International Advertising Festival of Ireland, Winner Cinematography: Amtrak "California Zephyr”
London International Advertising Awards Cinematography Finalist: Amtrak "California Zephyr”
New York State Craftsman International Film Festival Winner Director/Cameraman: “Behind The Fence – Albert Paley: Metalsmith”
“True Rights” Feature film, directed by Meg Thayer, Hollywood, CA. 1999. Produced by Harmony Pictures / Soundelux Entertainment. David Darby, Director of Photography.
“Farsighted” Feature short, directed by Elyse Couvillion, produced by Elyse Couvillion and Filmmaker’s Alliance, Hollywood, CA. 2009. David Darby, ASC, Director of Photography.
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