Throughout his early life David Bradford had been drawn to the visual and performing arts. As a teenager he studied dance and played the trombone. Later, when injury forced him away from dance, he got into drawing. In 1978, with a degree in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design, Bradford moved to New York City. He became an art director for Saks Fifth Avenue, serving their advertising department for a decade.

Bradford began freelance illustration and design work after leaving Saks and started driving a taxi in 1990, hoping to find more freedom for independent projects. Soon Bradford was taking photographs from the cab to utilize as reference for his drawings. Then, in 1993, he embraced photography in earnest and began the creation of his personal portrait of the city.

David was featured in August 2013 on


Interview by Alex Coghe: click here

David featured on Lenscratch: click here


The New York taxi Back Seat Book (2006, Daab)

Drive-by Shootings (2000, Könemann)

At the gallery we show an video interview and a commercial both featuring David.

David Bradford vond een unieke gelegenheid voor autonome projecten in zijn verdiensten als taxichauffeur in New York. Hiermee creëerde hij een zeer persoonlijk portret van de stad, oorspronkelijk via tekeningen maar al snel, in 1993, middels fotografie.

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