Dirk Westphal received his Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts. His photos have been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad in galleries and institutions such as the Tim Olsen Gallery (Sydney), the Cat Street Gallery (Hong Kong), Baldwin Gallery (Aspen), Design Within Reach (Los Angeles), Glenn Horowitz (East Hampton), Mixed Greens, Exit Art, Art in General, 6Decades/Boo-Hooray ( all NYC) and the New York Historical Society. His work is included in collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute, Progressive Collection, Pfizer, Corelle, SEI, New York Times Photo Archives, Rockefeller Institute and the collection of Sir Elton John. His photos have appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times and New York Sunday Times Magazine, the New York Observer, the Village Voice, Marie Claire, Maxim, Mother Jones, National Geographic, der Spiegel and Stern. He lives and works in lower Manhattan.