My name is David Goorevitch and I’ve been working with creative people all my life, from working with writers to promoting concerts to overseeing flagship television series and movies with Hollywood celebrities.
But my first look through a camera was my Eureka moment.
I’d been drawing for years, focusing on something of interest, but never knowing where to draw the borders. In that moment, looking through the lens, I could see the world with a frame around it – and I was hooked.
I had a competing passion for writing. I edited the school literary magazine and then completed a BA in literature and drama (U of A). Though I came to Toronto to study photography at Ryerson, I eventually combined my love for the dramatic and the image, switching to, and graduating in Motion Picture Studies, all of which led me into a life in film and television.
From 1900-2007, I was executive in charge of production, then deputy creative head, at CBC TV Drama, where I had the opportunity to work with Canada’s best dramatic writers, directors, producers and performers, developing series and scripts, and then overseeing production.
In 2007, I gave it up to go back to photography.
My two passions coincide in my work as a portrait artist. As Edward Steichen wrote: “”Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.”
I love what I do. To capture the human story, your story, into a single frame is a pleasure and a daunting responsibility.
I hope we get to work together soon.
1. None of the portraits on this page are mine.
2. Canadian stars pictured above and the projects on which we worked together: Ryan Reynolds (The Odyssey), Sandra Oh (The Diary of Evelyn Lau), Nicholas Campbell (DaVinci’s Inquest), Sarah Chalke and Ryan Gosling (Nothing Too Good For A Cowboy). These people were not just good. They were wonderfully pleasant collaborators.
3. Not to complicate things but I had another career as a musician and concert promoter. Four of us created a Jazz Society which booked over 100 dates with jazz masters like Keith Jarrett, Joe Pass, Sonny Stitt, Charlie Haden, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim), Kenny Burrell, Jack DeJohnette, Count Basie, Gary Burton, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Blue Mitchell, Oregon, Pepper Adams, John Abercrombie, etc. Film and TV really brought all my interests together.
4. Currently I also teach One Hour Series Writing at the Toronto Film School.