Canadian photographer David Drebin moved to New York in 1994 to study at Parsons The New School for Design and never looked back. The Toronto native's career has taken him around the world and his sexy large-format images are exhibited in galleries from Los Angeles to Berlin to Montreal, where his latest show runs until Aug. 12 at Galerie de Bellefeuille. After a day standing behind the camera, Drebin returns to his spacious one-bedroom apartment in a chic Tribeca condo building, where his neighbours include Meryl Streep and Gwyneth Paltrow. When he wants to stimulate new ideas, he heads to his bedroom. "I have a very large bed and I can lay there and get away from the craziness of New York," he says. "It's the ultimate place to rejuvenate."
"I bought it at Anthropologie in New York. It goes with the curtains. I like its vintage look."
"These are custom-made champagne silk curtains from ABC Carpet & Home in New York. I have always wanted champagne silk curtains. I don't know why. I just like them."
"This is a chair I bought at Natuzzi. I wanted a reclining chair next to my bed. How perfect."
"This was custom-made at Minotti and imported from Berlin, where I had my main gallery, Camera Work. I have a fondness for Berlin because my fine-art photography career started there, so I really wanted something in my home from that city. The furniture store was next door to the gallery. One day, right after my first show, I saw this huge carpet there and I asked them to make me one just like it, but scaled to fit my bedroom."
"This is a 48-by-60-inch black-and-white photograph, one of the last I took before I turned exclusively to colour in 1994. The image is of a girl running and taking off her underwear to go skinny-dipping in a lake in Muskoka. I love this photo because it reminds me of a time of innocence. It was taken in the days of shooting actual film, not digital."
"I got the bed at L'Atelier in Toronto. It came with the headboard and I added a custom-made piece made of damask wallpaper that is back-lit behind it. I love lighting. Lighting is the sibling of imagination. I thought this added atmosphere to the room."
"These are Frette sheets. They're just incredible. I love them."