Daniel Grant



’Right’ is from the series ‘Surf Culture’. Culture is said to be the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or group. The languages may be different around the world, but there is still the common denominator of surf. This series was honored to be a semifinalist for the Dorthea Lang + Paul Taylor Prize at the center for documentary studies at Duke University. The images I produce tell the stories of my life. My formative years were spent traveling through the U.S., Mexico and Europe; where culture, art, and the natural environment made a lasting impression. I searched for the best way to be expressive and tell my stories and found this through the plastic lenses of the toy cameras, ‘Holga’ and ‘Diana.’ I use these cameras not because of their perfection, but for their lack of precision, control and focus. Taking away the technical aspect of picture making, a sincere representation of the subject matter and vision of the photographer becomes evident.

Selected by Anne Lyden, Associate Curator of Photography at the J. Paul Getty Museum.