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Daniel’s fascination with still life photography began early, while growing up in San Diego, California. A local junkyard was the unlikely source of inspiration for finding beauty in ordinary objects. He started noticing the quality of light and began understanding composition by studying the random pieces of scattered metal and other objects in the yard. He carried a camera with him at all times, shooting objects that caught his eye in the streets, store windows, at home, or anywhere.
His talent as a photographer led to a scholarship at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design. He also studied sculpture and painting at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Eager to become a professional, he opened a studio in Los Angeles and began shooting assignments for commercial and advertising clients. Over time, his clients began utilizing his fine art talents to design their ads, CD covers and movie posters.
However, Daniel realized he had a passion for transforming his still photographs into another art form that would give them greater impact on their viewers. He developed a photo-collaging method that combined various materials with applied lithography, silk-screening and other techniques to create his own unique style of photo collaging.
His mixed-media photo creations have received a number of awards, including “Best in Show” from Alt Pick Magazine, Communication Arts Magazine and American Photographic Artists Association, New York Addy Awards and Photo District News.
Daniel’s still-photography collages have been exhibited in galleries in New York and Los Angeles, and featured in various national publications. He has also done commissioned photo collage work for private collectors.
Dan’s goal as a photographic artist is to continue exploring his artistic path and finding ever-more effective language to connect with viewers.
My professional experience includes operating photography studios in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Sydney, Australia, and working with advertising agencies such as TBWA/Chiat Day, Publicis Worldwide, Wieden+Kennedy, McCann-Erickson, Daily and Associates, Grey Advertising, BBD&O, Ogilvy & Mather and others, for clients like Honda, Sanyo, Hilton, Pepsi, Redken, Evian, Revlon, MTV, Estee Lauder, Adidas, Esquire, GQ, and many others.
Daniel is travelling worldwide doing advertising photography, stock for Getty Images, portrait work and producing his mixed media paintings. Available for photo assignments and art commissions.