Danielle Villasana is an independent photojournalist whose documentary work focuses on women, identity, human rights and health. She is currently based in Istanbul.
Before attending college, Danielle traveled through more than thirty countries in Europe and West Africa, photographing along the way. After meeting a photojournalist in Ghana, she realized that photography combined with discovery, cross-cultural communication and a desire to spread awareness about global issues equates to journalism. In Fall 2013, she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin as a double-major in Photojournalism and Spanish.
Danielle also strongly believes in giving back through photography, education and community engagement. In 2014, in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Peru, she founded Fotos por el Cambio, a yearly photography workshop that aims to empower communities and emerging photographers. In Spring 2016, she taught photography and multimedia at the American University of Nigeria as a traveling lecturer. That same year, she joined The Everyday Project's Community Team where she manages curations for @EverydayEverywhere and writes frequently about the Everyday community.
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.”
Awards, Workshops, Recognitions:
DokFoto Festival, Speaker (Oslo, Norway)
#MujeresEDLA Photo Contest, Judge
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
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
Eddie Adams Workshop, Student
El Comercio, Photography Internship (Lima, Peru)
Magnum Workshop, Co-Assistant for David Alan Harvey (Austin, TX)