Artist Biography - Daniel Holfeld

Born in Dublin, Daniel Holfeld grew up in Ireland and graduated with a BA [Hons] degree in photography from Dublin’s Institute of Technology.

After graduation Daniel exhibited his work in the New York Photo Festival, where he was nominated within the best emerging photographer category and subsequently was invited to participate in exhibitions in London, Paris and Croati
...a. Throughout this period, Daniel enjoyed his work as a fine artist and became collectable with successful sales hosted by James Adam & Sons on St Stephens Green, Ireland’s leading fine art auctioneer.

Developing on from fine arts, Daniel began travelling with his lens and became involved in commercial and fashion photography; contributing to magazines such as The Sunday Times Style Magazine, Tatler, GQ South Africa, Sephora, Brown Thomas, Tommy Hilfiger and L’Oreal.

After more than ten years of working as a fine art and fashion photographer, his new body of work is a breakaway from the style traditionally associated with Daniel's work. These photographs are the intuitive result of two years of travel to Morocco; and specifically in Marrakesh and Casablanca.

While shooting an international tanning campaign in Morocco eight years ago, Daniel was deeply moved and inspired by the culture, and began creating a powerful series of architectural photographs which seek to display and share something of the beauty and grace of the Arab aesthetic.

Overwhelmed by the elegant arches and charming riads, ornately decorated with tiles, mosaics and engraving from floor to ceiling, Daniel has developed a profound passion for the complex language of this architecture.

A key element within Daniel’s work is to seek out silence in the midst of opulence; what remains hidden in the shadows is equally as important to him as the brightly illuminated, sun filled spaces. In this work, he sees his role as akin to that of the author, writing with light; seeking out moments, vignettes and captivating stillness. His finely tuned photographer’s eye leads him in search of the perfect image, much like an intrepid pilgrim.

The images included here have been carefully chosen. All focus on a play between dark and light; the intimate and the public. The photographs are printed on the highest quality private-label fine art Hahnemühle paper. This paper is synonymous with excellence, and the premium-coated paper is favoured by some of the world’s most talented artists.

The fine art prints are embedded beneath a layer of UV protected and scratch resistant acrylic. Once completed the acrylic print is sunken within a handmade timber frame, which has been coated with a matt layer of black pigment.
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