”To not study the history of photography when you’re trying to be a photographer is crazy. It’s only 150 years old. There’s not a lot of research you need to do.”
David Armstrong was born in Arlington, Massachusetts. He attended the Boston Museum School and Cooper Union, and he earned a B.F.A from Tufts University in 1988.
Armstrong first received critical attention for his intimate portraits of men, either lovers or friends, in sharp focus. In the nineties, he began to photograph cityscapes and landscapes in soft focus to contrast with the resolution of his portraits. Street lights, electric signs and cars are reduced to a sensual mottled blur, complementing the vividness and tactility of his portraits.
His photographs have been included in numerous group exhibitions including the 1995 Whitney Biennial and Emotions and Relations at the Hamburger Kunsthalle.
David’s work has appeared in French Vogue, L’Uomo Vogue, Arena Homme+, GQ,Self Service, Another Man and Japanese Vogue among others. He realized advertising campaigns for a variety of clients, including Zegna, Rene Lezard, Kenneth Cole, Burberry, Puma, and Barbara Bui.
”David Armstrong has a specific style and owns it,It’s almost like Vermeer, using only sunlight to illuminate uni-directionally. His photographs are about desire and despair. These are qualities he looks for in the boys’ eyes.”