David Raymond(b. 1963, lives in Asheville, North Carolina) has been an internationally recognized collector of contemporary and vintage photographic works for over twenty years. Numerous publications, including Art and Antiques and the Art Market Guide, have named David as a top-100 American collector. In 2008, Worth Magazine profiled his collecting habits. In 2007, the Cleveland Museum of Art acquired and was gifted a portion of his surrealist and modernist photography collection. The exhibition, Forbidden Games; Surrealist and Modernist Photography, The David Raymond Collection opened in the fall of 2014-2015 at the CMA and a catalogue was co-published by the CMA and Yale University Press. From 2000-2004, he served as an advisor to the Getty Museum and helped them put together their Dorothea Lange and Manuel Alvarez Bravo collections. In 2006, he served as the Artistic Director for Magnum Photo's Paris Photo presence. He was a portfolio reviewer and lecturer at the 2008 Festival de la Luz in Buenos Aires, Fotofest 2010 and 2012 in Houston and the MIA fair in Milan in 2013. David creates art in addition to collecting and supporting it. He is both a photographer and a video maker and his video works have been shown in New York, Paris, Berlin, Los Angeles and Miami. In 2011, a show of his conceptual work, Other People's Pictures was exhibited at the Centro Cultural Borges in Buenos Aires and in 2014 at the Western Carolina University Art Museum. In addition, David has lectured around the world on the subjects of collecting and the art market. He has appeared at the Ministry of Culture in Paris, Art Miami, Lincoln Center, the Festival de la Luz in Buenos Aires, Fotofocus in Cincinnati and various other venues. David was a founding board member of Performa, which produces New York's performance art biennial and he is on the advisory board for the Manuel Alvarez Bravo Foundation.
He is currently co-directing and producing two documentaries in Vietnam with Trong Nguyen; DONG and the Last Letter Writer.