Dana Tynan
Dana Tynan was born in Northern California, and even after living and working all over the world, still considers herself a California girl. Sunshine and open spaces, bright oceans and high deserts, linked by the Pacific Coast Highway, these were the backdrops of her childhood and the continued source of the playful, flirtatious physicality so evident in her work. After graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Dana moved to Manhattan and immediately began assisting for some of the top photographers in the world, such as Annie Leibovitz, Richard Avedon, and Irving Penn. While grateful to be working with and learning from these giants, she found herself unfulfilled by the artificiality of fashion and sought out its complete antithesis in the war torn landscape of Belfast and the faces of the children who were its most tragic victims. Over a period of several years she returned again and again to document these children, often as shots rang out just around the ragged corners of their ramshackle neighborhoods. The photographs which resulted from this experience were exhibited throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Eastern Europe. After returning to New York City, she started shooting for Esquire, GQ, Glamour, Marie Claire, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Vogue, as well as the New York Times Magazine, photographing a gallery of actors, artists, writers, musicians, and celebrities including Johnny Cash, Jeff Buckley, Bonnie Raitt, Kurt Vonnegut, Annette Bening, Eva Longoria, Shia Labeouf, Dakota Fanning, Olivia Wilde, and Ryan Seacrest. In addition, she shot album covers and directed music videos for Sony, Capitol, Atlantic, Island/Def Jam, Virgin, Warner Brothers, Universal, Hollywood Records, and Polygram.

Print advertising soon followed for Oglivy & Mather, Avrett Free Ginsburg, McCann-Erickson, Fallon, Young & Rubicam, Campbell-Ewald, DDB, Saatchi & Saatchi, CBS, ABC, Disney, and MTV. Campaigns included The Gap, Hanes, Jockey, Toyota, General Foods, Curel, Dial Soap, AT&T, and Evian, just to name a few.

Commercial directing was a natural and inevitable progression for Dana, beginning with Hellman's and Wishbone, followed rapidly by productions shot from Spain to Australia, from Buenos Aires to Budapest, for Lee Jeans, Marc Jacobs, Daisy, T Rowe Price, Time Defiance, Curel, Purina, Clinique, Walmart, Laughing Cow, Mrs. Dash, Chex Mix, Railey's, Oxygen, and two spots for San Diego Tourism that embodied the very essence and spirit of the "California Girl". Dana is currently developing a feature film called 'Sub-Dude', based on a true story for Groundswell Productions.