Dean Whitbeck's fifteen-year career as portrait and editorial photographer has always reflected and balanced a love for humanity with a passion for the image.
His photographer life began in the Bronx, New York as a high school English teacher. It was during this time that he learned the magnitude of seeing life through other's eyes. He began to not only see the camera as an instrument for creating art but a tool for generating social awareness. In addition to Dean’s commercial and editorial work, he has photographed and exhibited portrait projects documenting the lives of young adults in varied educational settings. These projects include Evidence of Life, The Evidence Project, and A Shared Humanity. In 2010, Dean received a National Fellowship in Urban Education to Yale University where his published writing focused on the collaborative effect of visual media and storytelling.
While his photographs have been exhibited in galleries in California and New York and published extensively, his most endearing project is raising his daughter.