Daniel Skwarna is a multi-award winning documentary photographer and published writer. He has worked in the United States, Iceland, England, Scotland, Ireland, Cuba, Turkey Israel and the West Bank, Greece, France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Serbia Croatia, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Kosovo, Slovakia, Sarajevo,
Poland, and Russia. Daniel attended the University of Toronto and holds a degree in History, Fine Art History, and Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations.
Select commercial and editorial clients include: Apple, BDC, Celestica, Mercedes-Benz, Invesco, Report on Business, Fortune Magazine, Spacing Magazine, Beside Magazine, and the Globe & Mail.
He lives in Toronto with his wife, Sarah, and daughter Lumen.
Daniel Skwarna's riveting portraits of desert dwellers living off the grid without modern-day conveniences bring to light the beliefs and conventions of a subculture outside the mainstream. The trust between the artist and those he photographs is palpable, resulting in images of strong authenticity and respectful humanity. Set against the harsh Sonoran Desert, we can almost feel the dry heat and dust in his stunningly intimate portraits.
– Ada Takahashi, Principal, Robert Koch Gallery
The aesthetic of Mad Max isn't far from reality. Daniel Skwarna's works, both color (as in this series) and black-and-white, reflect the energy of anarchism and tender pleasure of its moments. His images stir up jealousy in the viewer to be there, to feel and experience what the photographer has. His art is full of empathy; he makes the smells and noises continue to exist (still hot) in the images.
– Irina Chmyreva, Art Director, PhotoVisa International Festival of Photography
The composition is traditional, but very rigorous. In the desolate environment, the portraits present a kind of solemnity.
Interesting and sincere portraits, a disturbing side of society or better an example of failure of society which needed to be shown and told, and it's been done in the best way with discretion and high level knowledge and style.