I was born in Denver, November 2nd, 1959. When I was 10, my uncle gave me an 8mm movie camera, and showed me how to make animated movies.

I grew up in Arcadia, California in the bitchin' 70's, playing guitar in garage bands and absorbing nearby Hollywood culture.

After studying photography at Art Center College of Design, I opened my first photo studio in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, in 1986. By 1991, I had began documenting and romanticizing the emerging underground hot rod and pin-up culture in California.

My photographs have been exhibited, collected and published worldwide.




Hot Rod (Chronicle Books, 1997)
Bordertown (Chronicle Books, 1998)
Hot Rod Pin-ups (Motorbooks 2005)
Rock + Roll Gearhead the Guitars & Cars of Billy F Gibbons (Motorbooks 2005),
Hot Rod Kings (Motorbooks 2008)
Hot Rod Pin-ups II (Motorbooks 2008)


New Erotic Photography (Taschen 2007)
Juxtapoz Car Culture (Gingko Press 2009)
Kustom Kamera (Korero Books 2010)

Films: HOT ROD PIN-UPS (Gearhead Records 2008).


"David Perry's extraordinary vision allows him to keep his eyes on much more than the road. His pictures remind me of those times I've walked into the wrong bar, realized it, but said 'What the hell' and ordered a beer and asked a strange woman to dance anyway." Barry Gifford

"David Perry flat gets it with real people and real cars that already have style built-in." -- Jim "Reverend Horton Heat" Heath

Clients include: Fender, Apple, Polaris, Toyota, Custom Chrome, Corvette, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, Hard Rock Casino, Rock and Roll hall of Fame, Rumble59, Auto Moto Wines and Comme des Garcons.