Guatemalan photographer Daniel Hernández-Salazar was born in 1956. Beginning in 1978 he developed a career in Fine Art Photography on architectural photography, human body portraiture, ethnographic documentation, and historical memory. During the early eighties he worked for international news agencies as Reuters, Agence France-Presse, and Associated Press. Since then he keeps collaborating with international magazines and news papers.
To date Hernández-Salazar has shown his work in more than thirty personal exhibitions and in a similar number of group shows in Central, South, and North America as well as in Europe, Korea and Japan. His photography is featured in a variety of publications, including the different editions of the Guatemala: Never Again report, as well as Visions of Angels (Smithmark), The Male Nude (Taschen), and Eros (Stewart Tabory & Chang), to cite a few. Part of his work has been compiled in two personal anthologies: Guatemala, Memoria de un Ángel (Kage Shobo , Tokyo, 2004)—winner of the Azusa-Sho Award- and So That All Shall Know (University of Texas Press, Austin, 2007).
Hernández-Salazar is also interested in using public spaces as a platform for making art more effective in conveying its messages. Since 1999, he has carried out installations and actions in public spaces in Austin, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Guatemala, Hiroshima and Mexico, as well as memory places in Auschwitz, Gernika, Srebrinca and Treblinka.
Due to his interest in historical memory, he has given a number of talks on his work and the role of arts in postwar periods in both academic and art institutions in Central America, Colombia, USA, Korea and Japan, including the Hiroshima Institute for Peace and the University of Texas at Austin.
To award his creative work in service of Human Rights he received The Johathan Mann Humanitas Award by the International Ass. Of Physicians in AIDs Care (1998) and a replica of the Nobel Peace Prize medal (1993), given by Nobel Peace Prize Rigoberta Menchú Tum. In 2005, he was decorated and made Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the Ministry of Culture and Communications of France.