Bio

Bio

Danielle Villasana is an independent photojournalist based in Istanbul whose documentary work focuses on human rights, women, identity, displacement, and health around the world

Danielle is a Magnum Foundation awardee, an alumna of the Eddie Adams Workshop, and is an International Women's Media Foundation fellow. Her work has been included in solo and group exhibits and has been published in The New York Times, National Geographic, and the Washington Post, among others. She contributes to Redux, and is a member of Women Photograph and Diversify Photo.  

Danielle strongly believes in giving back through photography, education, and community development. In 2014, in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Peru, she founded Fotos por el Cambio, a photography workshop that aims to empower communities and emerging photographers. In 2016, she joined The Everyday Project's Community Team where she writes, edits, and produces articles for Re-Picture and helps run a mentorship program for emerging photographers in underrepresented regions worldwide. In 2018, she joined the Authority Collective as a board member.

Ultimately, Danielle strives to live and work by the advice of her mentor Donna De Cesare: “You are a human being first and a journalist second.”

Accolades, Workshops, Recognitions: 

2019:

The IWMF's Extended Adelante Grant — Recipient 
Lozano Long Conference: Journalism Under Siege — Speaker (The University of Texas at Austin) 
The Knight Center's Speaker Series — Speaker (Austin, Texas)

2018:

SDN's "10th Anniversary Exhibition" — The Bronx Documentary Center (New York City)
FotoEvidence with World Press Photo Exhibition — The Bronx Documentary Center (New York City)
The IWMF's Adelente Reporting Initiative — Co-Lead (El Salvador) 
FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo — Finalist 
The IWMF's Adelente Reporting Initiative — Fellow (Honduras)
Social Documentary Network's "Through a Woman's Lens," — Honorable Mention 
World Press Photo's The 6x6 Global Talent Program — Nominator

2017:

World Press Photo's The 6x6 Global Talent Program — Nominator   
Getty Instagram Grant — Nominator   
Obscura Festival of Photography, Projection of "A Light Inside" (Malaysia) 
Photoville, Women Photograph's "Insider/Outsider" Group Exhibit (New York City) 
Foundry Photojournalism Workshop — Scholarship Recipient (Mexico City)
The IWMF's Adelente Reporting Initiative — Finalist (Honduras)
World Press Joop Swart Masterclass — Nominee 
Chris Hondros Fund Emerging Photojournalist Award — Nominee

2016: 

DokFoto Festival — Speaker (Oslo, Norway)
Objectif's "Women in Photography" Exhibit, Co-sponsored with The Magnum Foundation (Singapore)
World Press Joop Swart Masterclass — Nominee
Chris Hondros Fund Emerging Photojournalist Award — Nominee

2015:  

Magnum Foundation's Inge Morth Award — First Place
Pride Photo Award — Third Place: Open Category
International Photography Awards — Honorable Mention: Deeper Perspectives
Getty Images Reportage Emerging Talent — Selected
"Yo Tengo Derechos" — Solo Exhibit with UNAIDS (Lima, Peru)
New York Times Portfolio Review — Selected 
World Press Photo Masterclass Latin America — Finalist

2013:

Eddie Adams Workshop — Student
Magnum Workshop — Assistant (Austin, TX)