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teNeues : David Drebin : Flirting with Danger


A picture should tell a story. It should open doors to a mysterious journey of the imagination, inviting its viewers to momentarily forget the world around them. The Canadian-born, New York-based artist David Drebin is known for infusing his photographic masterpieces with compelling narratives. Although each of his works unique, his signature style makes them instantly recognizable with their distinctive atmosphere: romantic melancholy and a hint of eroticism that elegantly draws you into an exciting fantasy. In his newest book Flirting with Danger, the renowned star photographer presents particularly sensational moments on this theme.

Drebin creates a cinematic yet hyperrealistic dream world that captivates viewers, making them feel like they are part of the story. Perhaps it is this twist that makes his artworks so suspenseful, or perhaps it is the skillful way he stages his protagonists. Each image inspires us to continue the film in our mind: What will happen next? What happened before? 

Flirting with Danger is dedicated to the fascinating allure of the forbidden and the dangerous. Dramatic images dare to expose our desire for excitement. The result is a book in a class of its own. Its extra-large format allows the artist’s images to unfold their maximum effect, heightening the emotional response of its audience.


David Drebin (*1970) ranks among the most renowned contemporary photographic artists today. After graduating from Parsons School of Design in 1996, he began his career in commercial photography and advertising, creating images of movie stars, sports personalities, and entertainers, in addition to countless high-profile campaigns around the world. Drebin’s art career took off with a show in 2004 at the gallery Fahey/Klein in Los Angeles. Not only did Elton John purchase his work and become a frequent collector, but David Drebin was also introduced to CAMERA WORK Berlin, which hosted his first of five exhibitions there in 2005. Since then, the artist has worked with a host of A-list celebrities and has been featured in numerous exhibitions over the last decade, including in Vienna, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Istanbul, Miami, and New York. He has been represented by Contessa Gallery at over 100 art fairs since 2006, including Art Basel in Miami, where Drebin’s work has featured regularly for nearly 20 years.

Over time, Drebin has evolved his creative approach, resulting in an impressive multidisciplinary portfolio, including lightboxes, neon light installations, and diamond dust prints alongside his iconic photographs, to international acclaim. Best known for his cinematic, narrative style featuring femme fatales in dramatic settings, he has traveled the world to capture the most beautiful and evocative locations – cities, panoramic views, hotels, and more – to perfect his illusion through visual dreamscapes.

Following the release of seven bestselling books, including the recent Collectors Edition, a portfolio of the artist’s 50 most iconic images in an XXL limited edition of 500 copies, his latest monograph, Flirting with Danger, takes Drebin’s storytelling to the next level.

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David Drebin Flirting with Danger”
Published by teNeues Verlag GmbH
29 x 37 cm / 11 2/5 x 14 1/2 in. | 144 pages, hardcover, texts in English
ISBN-13: 978-3-96171-467-4
Price: 100 EUR | $ 125 | 89,95 £

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