Lance Dawes is best known for his work as a documentary and editorial photographer in the world of skateboarding. Lance began shooting skaters and misfits as a teen, while becoming a sponsored skateboarder for the legendary Dogtown Skateboards. In 1990 he attended film school at University of San Francisco while working as a darkroom technician at Thrasher Magazine. In 1992 Lance founded Slap Magazine, where he was the editor, art director and chief photographer. While instrumental in documenting the San Francisco skate and music scenes of the ‘90s, Lance also traveled the world into the new millennium including Australia, India, Asia, South Africa, Central and South America and Europe.
His work has appeared in countless campaigns and major publications, from ESPN, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, Getty Images, Warner Music, Atlantic Records, Panasonic, Boost Mobile, Vans, Nike, Juxtapoz, Thrasher, Skateboarder and Slap Magazine.
Lance has exhibited his work across the globe, including the Vans Syndicate traveling photo show “Pave The Way,” “Casting By” at the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival, along with “Twenty” which he curated at New Image Art in Los Angeles.
Lance Dawes was raised in the Metro D.C. area and lives in North Hollywood, Calif.