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David Jacobs is a Brooklyn-based photographer. Self-taught, beginning in a high school friend's basement darkroom, he took a circuitous route to his profession, stopping along the way for a degree in political theory and an immersion in cinema. He then spent several years as Annie Leibovitz's in-house printer, where he learned not only to light, but also the importance of balancing commercial and personal work. Since 2006 he has been shooting for himself, mostly portraiture but also a few longer-term documentary projects – and of course his own personal work, most of which explores people's relation to their environments, and to time's passage. He leads an active lifestyle but amazingly has never surfed... though he hopes to learn someday.