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"Topless Dancers, Florida, 2002" by David J. Carol.
Landscape with Sex and Violence by Lynn Melnick. Cover Design by Alban Fischer.

David J. Carol


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David is the co-founder of

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Artist Bio

David J. Carol is a photographer, writer, curator, editor, teacher, lecturer and publisher. He attended the School of Visual Arts and The New School for Social Research where he studied under Lisette Model. He was the first assignment photographer for The Image Bank photo agency (now part of Getty Images) at the age of 26. He recently retired after 25 years as the Director of Photography at Outfront Media (formerly CBS Outdoor) to co-found Peanut Press Books, a publisher of fine photography books. 


David is the author of four monographs, 40 Miles of Bad Road..., All My Lies Are True..., This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things! and his latest book, NO PLAN B. He has also completed a trilogy of books, Where's the Monkey?, Here's the Deal! and All My Pictures Look the Same with Cafe Royal Books, London.

David's other work experiences include editing and sequencing photo books, curating photo shows, and judging contests at magazines and universities, including the prestigious PDN Photo Annual since 2003. He has also given lectures/workshops on his own work and photography in general at SVA, ASMP, photo-eye gallery, The Center for Alternative Photography: Penumbra Foundation, Out of Chicago Festival, PhotoPlus Expo, Filter Photo Festival, SlowExposure Festival and The Center for Fine Art Photography.  David has also participated as a portfolio reviewer at such venues as The Palm Springs Photo Festival, PhotoPlus Expo in New York, ASMP Fine Art, APA, Flashpoint Boston, Filter Photo Festival in Chicago, Slow Exposures Festival in Georgia and The Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado.


David's photographs and/or books are in the permanent collections of over 50 libraries and museums including:
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
The International Center of Photography, New York, NY
Tate Gallery Special Collection, London, UK
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Art Institute, Minneapolis, MN
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Block Museum, Chicago, IL
Fogg Art Museum, Boston MA

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, Austin, TX
Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Reader’s Digest Collection, Pleasantville, NY
British Library, London, UK
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX
Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
The National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK

Bibliotheque Kandinsky-Centre Pompidou, Paris France

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