Dave Banks Media

Dave Banks Media

Dave Banks Media

West Hollywood, California, USA

“Been there, done that, bought a t-shirt”. with that said, I’m a seasoned photographer and documentary filmmaker. With 30 years of news, documentaries and television production for broadcast and cable networks, I have consistently kept up with advancing technology in image making.
Having been dispatched all over the globe, I’ve embarked on the types of trips few photographers ever experience. I’ve risked life and limb for the sole purpose of sharing the farthest reaches of the world for the audience back home. I’ve covered expeditions, mountain climbing, archeological digs, adventure races, civil strife and war. I’ve been shot at; lost in the Sahara desert, chased by a foreign army, even strayed into a landmine field twice and had a bounty on my head by Osama bin Laden.
But wait! It hasn’t all been testosterone driven, there are assignments that have grounded me and have given me balance such as; a story on fainting goats in Nebraska, U2 Zoo Tour, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. I covered the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library dedication with 5 living Presidents at the request of White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Michael Deaver. Also, I was personally invited by the Chavez family to document the Cesar Chavez funeral.
As a result of all these experiences, I’ve learned to be a team player and use humor to engage and defuse any situation that I find myself in. These experiences inspired me to write the book ‘Cue the Camels’, which was released in 2014 by Solopreneur Publishing, UK. The book is a behind-the-scenes narrative of the mishaps and misadventures as a photographer/documentary filmmaker in the Middle East. Currently I’m working on my second book, Life in the City of Angels, interviewing and photographing the multiculturalism of Angelinos.
• Won 3 Emmys Awards (13 Emmy Award Nominations)
•  2 International Monitor Awards
• ADDY Award for writing.
Professional Organizations:
• International Cinematographers Guild
• Adventurers Club of Los Angeles Chapter
• Frontline Freelance Register
• Lightstalkers
• National Press Photographers Association
• Reporters Without Borders
• Rory Peck Trust
• Frontline Club
• Television Academy of Arts and Sciences (inactive)
Geographic Assignments:
Afghanistan: Kabul, Kandahar, and Bagram.
Australia: Sydney, Cairns, Mareeba, Atherton, Gordonvale, Undara, Chillagoe, Mt. Bartle Frere, and Queensland Outback.
Egypt: Saqqare, Giza, Red Sea, The Nile River, Cairo, Valley of Kings, Hatshepsut, Abu Simbel, Armant, Aswan, Luxor, White Desert, Thebes, Safaga, Marsa al Alam, Karnak, Al Harrah and Baharia Oasis
Fiji: Suva and Koro Island
France: Paris, Le Mans, Nice, Cannes, Toulon, Marseille, Toulouse, Montpellier and Corsica
Greece: Athens, Thessalonique and Island of Patmos.
Israel: Jerusalem, Golan Heights, Ramallah, Bethany, Jericho, Temple Mount, Nazareth, Gethsemane, Kasr el Yahud, Allenby Bridge, Caphernaum, Sepphoris, West Wall Tunnels and Judea.
Italy: Rome, Naples, Florence, Solerno and Island of Ischia.
Jordan, Mount Nebo, Tell Mar Elias, Mukawer and Amman Citadel.
Morocco: Quarzazate, Sahara Desert, Oued Amsailikh, Tagounite and Atlas Mountains.
Mexico: Chihuahua, Sierra Madre Occidental and Barrancas Del Cobre
New Zealand: North Island, South Island, Southern Alps, Mt. Cockayne, Lake Catherine, Lake Coleridge, Black Hill, Glenfalloch, Potts River. Mt. Peel, Forest Creek and Lake Tekapo.
Russia: Moscow, Murmansk, Severmorsk and Barrents Sea Artic Circle.
Scotland: Edinburgh, Inverness, Orkney Islands, St. Andrews Highlands.
Turkey: Istanbul, Van, Doğubayazıt, Tabriz, and Erzurum.

  • Specialisms Images
  • Day rate £850
  • Grade Pro

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