New York based, award-winning, advertising, entertainment, & editorial photographer Dale May, has been creating iconic images for over 18 years.
Best known for his richly stylized, character-driven, conceptual work, Dale has captured some of todays most recognizable personalities, including Daniel Day-Lewis, Charlize Theron, Elizabeth Banks, Jared Leto, Isaac Mizrahi, Seth Meyers, Christina Aguilera, Moby, and Gene Simmons. Personally passionate about music and performance, Dale also has shot countless bands ranging from Black Sabbath to 30 Seconds To Mars, as well as the Broadway casts of West Side Story, 9 to 5, Hair, Spiderman Turn Off The Dark, and most recently, Annie.
Although Dale has remained focused on his commercial career, his roots have always been firmly planted in the fine arts. He grew up 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia in Chadds Ford, PA. Dale's grandfather was a big-band drummer and band leader in the 20s and 30s, and his grandmother was a supper club singer. Dale played the drums from age five and was also artistically inspired by his neighbor, the American Contemporary Realist Painter, Andrew Wyeth.
Dale moved to NY to study painting, color theory, and art history at Parson's School of Design. The foundation of these first few years shaped his current aesthetic style and he graduated in 1993 with a BFA in Photography.
Combining his background in painting and color theory, lighting and post production, Dale works with the inspiration to make the unthinkable real, as well as believable.