Daniel Hernández-SalazarGuatemala City, Guatemala.
Photographer, Artist, Human Rights Activist.
Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters from France.
Daniel Hernández Salazar’s interest on photography began during his childhood. Later it became a passion when he studied Architecture. During the 1980’s Guatemalan civil war, he worked as photojournalist for international agencies such as Agence France Presse-AFP, Reuters and the Associated Press-AP. Hernández- Salazar works now as an independent photographer, focusing his interests on architecture, body (portrait and nude) and historical memory—the last becoming his main topic of work and activism.
Although he masters digital equipments and techniques, he remains loyal to the practice of analogue photography and darkroom, which he has never abandoned. His work has been presented in more than 30 solo exhibitions and more than 40 group shows in North, Central and South America, Europe, Japan and Korea. For his artistic work in service of Human Rights he received in 1998 the Jonathan Mann Humanitas Award from the International Association of Physicians in Aids Care, and was named Knight of the Ordre Des Artes et des Lettres by the French Government in 2005, and accended to Officer in 2015. Part of his oeuvre has been published in two personal anthologies by Kage Shobo, (Tokio, 2006), University of Texas Press (Austin, 2007), and by the Intitute Français pour l’Amerique Centrale-IFAC in 2016 and 2018. Also has been featured in a number of art, academic and news publications, including the New York Times LENS Blog, Harpers, and 6Mois, amongst others.
Since November 2012, his work is included in the permanent collection of the Kazerne Dossin Holocaust and Human Rights Museum in Mechelen, Belgium. On September 2014 he was appointed curator and designer of his own photo exhibition Genocide Dismissed, Guatemala a Silenced Tragedy presented at that Museum until March 2015.
Currently he works in his project “se re(v)bela” which has been exhibited on 2016 in Guatemala City, 2017 in Quetzaltenango, and in 2018 in San Salvador, El Salvador. Since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic he works in a series titled Deserted City.