Vendors sell their wares on the beach at Playas de Tijuana in Mexico, just a few yards south of the border with the United States. Life on the south side of the fence is lively and colorful, but on the north side it's a world of fences, cameras and warning signs.

David Barak 858-735-1611 United States.

Topics of Focus

Reportage, general news


I've worked on staff for Florida and California newspapers and I now freelance from San Diego, currently as a contract photographer for ZUMA Press and working anywhere editorial assignments take me. I also teach photography courses for a local non-profit adult education organization.

So... why photojournalism?

I'd originally planned to become some vague incarnation of a "commercial photographer." In my research about how to achieve that, I found that many photographers started by working for newspapers. That sounded like a good idea so I somehow latched onto a job for a tiny newspaper in San Diego. I found I loved telling visual stories about people, and any real desire to do any other kind of photography quickly vanished. (I should have known my destiny early on - the first roll of film I shot with my very first camera, a Kodak Instamatic, had photos of the aftermath of a multi-car fire.)

You can see more of my work at my personal website,

Before beginning my photography career I served in the US Navy, flying as a sensor operator in S-3A Vikings from USS Carl Vinson.

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