Daniel Schweitzer is a London based photographer specialising in still life, portraiture, urban landscapes and has even focused his lens on fashion. He started to develop his fascination for photography at the age of 11, after participating in a school workshop in Halle/Saale, East Germany. His sense of exploration through his photography was enhanced, when in 1989, the wall came down. This gave him a new found freedom to explore how people lived outside the Eastern Block. He is attracted to urban landscapes of deserted empty buildings layered in flaky paint representing long forgotten inhabitants, and questions the history of the space – the imprints of someone’s left behind life. In this process of documentation he is in constant search of the meaning of home, and the feeling of belonging. This wander on the edge of society also attracts him to people of character, out of the ordinary and bizarreness.
In 2003, his series titled ‘Club Kids’, a project based on a outlandish group of diverse shocking individuals driven out of New York, now settled in Berlin, won him the first prize of the Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Photography. He also received honourable mentions in both 2008 and 2010 in the International Photography Awards for his fine-art portraits. He has exhibited all over in Germany and in London since moving.
Since 2004, he has worked for London based photography agency – Objective Image, and jobs included work for magazines – Vogue, Elle, Elle Decoration, Cosmopolitan and Harpers Bazaar; newspaper periodicals – Sunday times supplement and travel; and corporate magazines – Selfridges, Harrods, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and White Stuff. Most recently he photographed the London Fashion Press Week held at the Saatchi gallery of modern art.