Creative Interview With Photographer Harold David

Harold David is one of Australia’s leading celebrity portrait and fashion photographers ( and a cool guy ! ) so you can imagine that being huge fans of his work here at Laundry, we were so excited to speak to him as part of our Creative Interview Series.

American-born Harold originally trained as an actor at the world-renowned Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and the Acting Studio in New York. It is this training that Harold attributes to his ability to connect with those he photographs.

He has worked extensively with some of Australia’s leading magazines such as GQ, Grazia, Harpers Bazaar, InStyle, Vogue Australia, Marie Claire, Sunday Magazine and editorial clients  include US magazine JANE, The Face UK, Elle UK, Dutch magazine Man and Canadian magazine Strut.

Harold’s impressive advertising portfolio includes campaigns for BONDS, Alannah Hill, Cotton On, Dotti, Sportsgirl, Etihad Airlines, Thurley, Peter Alexander, MYER, David Jones, Saba, Helen Kaminski, Just Jeans, Westfield, Mount Franklin Lightly Sparkling, Moet & Chandon, Queensland Ballet, Telstra, Commonwealth Bank and Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company.

His unique style has also seen Harold regularly commissioned to photograph celebrities - working with the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Sam Worthington, Daniel Johns, Jessica Gomes to name a few. You can view many of these on his website.

When he’s not shooting for his commercial clients, Harold likes to immerse himself in his personal work. Harold’s work has been displayed at the Art Gallery of NSW, and has toured internationally.

Earlier this year he presented  Survey | Harold David an exhibition of photographic works spanning a 20-year period. Do click on the link to view some of his amazing and beautiful work.

This is a short film about Harold leading up to the Exhibition made by KIN Things.

Check out Harold's website and his very cool instagram which show lots of his work and inspirations and his very lovely kids.

Laundry spoke with Harold about his creativity in the all important Creative Interview Series.

Three words to describe you?

Airy, Fairy and Serious

Three words to describe your work?

Raw, Beautiful, Human

When did you decide you wanted to be a photographer?

When my dad put me in a tree and took my photo when I was 3 years old. I remember it as being the only connection I had to him and that association has carried with me my whole life. 

Who is your favorite photographer?

Henri Cartier Bresson

What else inspires you other than photography.?

Expressionists painters.

What music do you listen to when working?

At the moment it’s all Solange and Christine and the Queens. In a weeks time that will change I’m sure.

What inspires your work?

Life, My kids, Tolstoy, Wes Anderson

What city inspires you the most?


What do you dislike about your industry?

People who don’t see outside of the industry and live and breathe it.

Where can we see your work?

Depends on the day. Walls of Galleries, Magazines and

What future projects are you working on?

Garage BarberShop and Incumbent
Survey Exhibition