Dirk Wyse Photography


+Full-time professional photographer/artist based in San Francisco, CA

+Photographed more than 1,000,000 people in North America, Latin America, and Asia

+Specialty - Events photography, shoots about 4,000 images per month, recent experience at more than 250 leading venues

+Diverse client list includes

+Enthusiastic, service attitude, professional, creative, reliable

+Available for travel and location assignments

+Studio space in San Francisco SOMA - shooting multi-ethnic people photography, offering photography classes and workshops

+Education and background in publishing, journalism, communications, visual arts, marketing, global business - BA in Magazine Journalism, MBA International Marketing

Professional/personal references on request


About Dirk:

Dirk Wyse combines talents in visual art, design, and publishing with extensive experience interacting with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. As an accomplished photographer specializing in portraits of multi-ethnic people, Dirk's work shows his appreciation for the beauty of ordinary people around the world. In his more than 30 years of experience as an event and people photographer, he has photographed more than 1,000,000 individuals from many cultures and has visited more than a dozen countries. He lived in Mexico for several years where his photographs were published in news and lifestyle magazines, national newspapers and displayed at art galleries and boutiques in Mexico City. Dirk still speaks intermediate Spanish and credits his experiences in Mexico as being richly inspiring and educational.  

Dirk lives in the Chinatown district of San Francisco, California. He shoots about 5,000 images per month at events for a diverse set of leading clients at more than 250 venues in Northern California, including business conventions and meetings, nightlife, bars, clubs, restaurants, lounges, hotels, art galleries, concerts, festivals, private parties, nonprofits. His work has been published in magazines, newspapers, and online. Dirk also shoots portraits for various beauty/glamour clients, offers a selection of ultra high-quality images from 35mm transparencies and prints to collectors and art buyers, and presents several hands-on educational seminars in photography-related subjects.

Artist's Statement:

"I took up photography because painting took too way too long. I learned photography by doing it. I shot many thousands of slides with natural light in various remote places, including natural disasters such as volcano eruptions and sudden events such as guerrilla takeovers of cities. I truly appreciate the "f/8 and be there" school of photography, but my taste for danger is less than my need to express my visions, so my art is born in photojournalism and becomes portraiture. I believe all colors are to be saturated, that visual appeal comes from strong concepts and sharp contrast and that a series of simple photographs can tell a complex story. I have photographed many things, but I greatly prefer real people, not professional models or celebrities, enjoying themselves and living life their way. My best images come from those subjects who trust my vision and show their true selves. I reflect their beauty and energy back to them, adding a little sparkle of my own. Multiethnic people especially inspire me visually and often have fascinating stories about their cultural choices and personal identities."


Client List:



+American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter


+San Francisco Civic Center Community Benefit District

+Yerba Buena Alliance


+SF Parks Alliance

+San Francisco Bachelors



+Golden Gate Opera

+SF Bicycle Coalition






+Off The Grid Events

+Moz Designs

+The Hivery



+ELAN Mountain View

+TFP Design

+Senior Planet


Nightlife/Party Promoters:

+Opel Productions

+Salted Music

+Moulton Music


+Sunday Bliss

+Mars Bar

+Soul Deluxe

+Hush Concerts

+Housepitality @ F8

+Substance Thursdays

+Motown On Mondays

+Smoked Out Soul

+Aykut Events


Burning Man Camps:

+Opulent Temple

+Dusty Rhino

+The Janky Barge

+Disco Katz

+Heavy Petting Zoo

+Shipwreck Tiki Lounge

+Howeird Street Faire


+Space Cowboys