Born in Harlem NY, 1986, David Vades Joseph began his journey into photography when he was only a boy. He attended the Harlem School of Arts where he first developed his first photographs. It was at that point, he fell in love with photography. In 2009, he attended the School of Visual Arts, where he obtained his B.F.A in photography in 2013. It was at SVA, Vades discovered the imagery of contemporary Japanese photographers of the 60s-80s, which quickly became the foundation for his work. Based on the principle of using the camera to document ones cultural traditions and ideals, Vades uses the camera to photograph his surroundings, focusing on themes of self discovery and identity. Influenced by the late documentary photographer, Shomei Tomatsu, who is known for his personal yet symbolic photographs, Vades’ high contrast photographs are described as poetic and timeless. His work has been featured in the 2014 Harlem Arts Festival, NoMAA’s Selfless Selfies exhibition, and Smack Mellon’s Respond exhibition. He currently resides in Harlem.