"David Lazar's travel photography is among the best we've ever seen." – Photo Review Australia
Australian photographer David Lazar has been one of the hottest travel photographers on earth over the last several years, appearing in magazine and newspaper spreads with increasing frequency. Most recently National Geographic China featured a multi-page spread from his 2014 work in Brazil. The Brazil images also made a splash across the United Kingdom and at the World Cup. Soccer legend Pele' was even photographed holding up a copy of Luxury Travel magazine, featuring a Lazar portrait of a Brazilian boy on the cover. Most recently in 2014, David won the Best People award at the Garuda International Photography Competition.
2012 was also a big year for David, with travel industry powerhouse Abercrombie & Kent sponsoring a solo exhibition of his Africa images for their 50th Anniversary celebration. One of the most shared images on the planet was also made in Africa that year, his already classic, “Tiny Lion Cub”, where an adorable feline is caught meandering a bit far from two cub-sitters keeping a synchronized pace and keen eye on the little guy. It was these and other images, notably from Southeast Asia & specifically Myanmar, that helped to garner the prestigious Smithsonian award for Travel Photography for the intrepid Aussie snapper. Among his many publications are National Geographic, Photo Review Australia, The Smithsonian, Capture, Lonely Planet, Intrepid Travel, Singapore’s Silver Kris, Digital Photography, Digital Camera, Practical Photography, UKDaily Mirror, Herald Sun, and Daily Mail.
Naturally it was David Lazar's Myanmar photos that first drew us to him, along with the fact that it was his favorite place in the world to photograph. His gorgeous and often ethereal landscapes are good enough that National Geographic has made one into an oversize postcard/insert, but his stylish, signature portraits are really what elevate him to the elite level. For the travel photographer, such portraiture means having the ability to quickly gain the trust of one's subject, sometimes in just a matter of a seconds. This along with an uncanny anticipation of the luminous instant in which to release the shutter, is what so often separates his portrait making from the rest.
On Myanmar or Bali photo tour, whether offering specific instruction or leading by example, David is always most affable & generous with his time, ever willing to share his techniques while placing no restrictions on his guests, unlike some of the "other guys!" Luminous Journeys Photo Tours is very happy and proud to have David Lazar as part of our team of exceptionally fine photographers, and even finer people.