David Pu’u was raised in Santa Barbara Ca. A former career athlete, craftsman, and corporate CEO, he terminated a twenty year career in the Surf Industry to pursue Photography and Cinematography in 1996. With a background in competitive surfing, cycling, swimming, auto racing, literature and art, he brings a broad range of talents to whatever project he engages.
In the period of time since then, David has established himself as a leading editorial photographer, commercial photographer and film maker-cinematographer, with work regularly appearing in publications worldwide. Approximately forty editorial publications, located in Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia and the U.S., regularly use his work. Publications range from magazines like Surfer ( Senior Photographer) and Surfers Journal, to mainstream concerns such Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, NY Post, London Daily Mirror, SZ.De, Playboy, Time and many others. He also acquired the 2003 Canon Image of the Year award for a cover image published in Surfer Magazine’s annual collector’s issue. In addition David has provided imagery for over 20 image based books including the 2013 NYT Best seller under the heading of science “Blue Mind”, which is a subject very close to his heart, being about our connection to water.
He is well versed in all phases of photography and lighting, and has competently produced a large array of magazine covers, spreads and features, shooting from the water, jet skis, helicopters, airplanes, and moving vehicles, preferring a moving set to more staid indoor studio work. He is a water specialist however, capable of spending any amount of hours he chooses in the water. It is his preferred medium.
He has trained extensively in risk management and Rescue Watercraft operation via K38 Maritime which is a global rescue water craft and water-boating safety authority.
He has done considerable work for entertainment industry concerns as a project Writer, Unit Photographer, Director of Photography, Cinematographer and Director. His footage appears regularly in feature films, various television projects, and commercials.
Commercially trained in digital formats, he also is able to produce work on demand, in viable digital file form with his in house, digital system, or do fulfillment on demand using digital capture and location processing.
His work has won several prestigious art shows, and has been selected to hang and screen in museum venues, such as the Texas Institute of Art, the American History Museum in NY, Museum Nacional in Brazil and the Maritime History Museum at Santa Barbara which currently has a perpetual show that features his work and that of the other members of the SB Ocean community.
Currently David travels several months of the year, doing self assigned, editorial and commercial assignment projects. Time at home in California is spent either developing new work or doing post production on past projects.
David is represented internationally by Corbis Media. You can view and license imagery directly and immediately through them here: http://www.corbisimages.com/Search#pg=david+pu+u. His library boasts an image file of close to 500,000 still images, hundreds of time lapse sequences and thousands of motion clips available in digital commercial file format. Retail print sales are available direct through: Ho’okupu Surf and Wave Riders Gallery
He is available for image sales or booking worldwide by contacting him on the contact page.