Danny Schaefer on Being a Young Street Photographer


All images by Danny Schaefer. Used with permission

Danny Schaefer, more than many other current young street photographers out there, is someone that we consider to be a well kept secret of a shooter. When I met Danny earlier this year on a photo walk with Eric Kim, I discovered a very humble, smart, and artistic man that would soon be leaving the New York area to go all the way to the west coast. We’ve chatted a bit since until he recently showed off his latest portfolio of work to me on Facebook.

Danny possesses a special skill that is tough for others to attain: he can not only capture excellent images but also carefully select and curate them for a portfolio that he keeps on Tumblr. And did we mention he is only 20 years old? Not many people have this much clarity at an age like that. In fact, Danny is now the West Coast Social Media Consultant for Leica.

Daniel Sawyer Schaefer is a photographer and cinematographer, born and raised in Los Angeles surrounded by a family of writers and filmmakers. His interest in photography began while documenting live theater and moved to street photography, documentary, and portraiture, where his drive to create images that capture narrative naturally unfolded. Featured at 18 by the LA times Framework photoblog, now twenty, Schaefer has studied in New York City at Parsons school of design, and now SACI Florence as the recipient of the International Consortium Scholarship. Schaefer works as a freelance photographer and cinematographer, studio lighting specialist, on top of being the social media consultant for Leica Los Angeles.

Danny had the time to answer a couple of questions about street photography and about having a vision.

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