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Daniel S. Hagy

k a i t o o : pronounced “ki too”
Daniel S. Hagy was born on Thanksgiving morning at 2am in San Bernardino, CA which is the last stop on the famous Route 66. He was given his first camera as a young boy by his mom, a Brownie which she used it to take her own pictures with.
When he turned 13 his uncle gave him his second camera for Christmas, a white Polaroid Swinger which was the ‘hippest’ camera of it’s time, thus starting his love affair with photography.
His grandma had nicknamed him “kaitoo” and told him if he ever became an artist or writer to use this name. Dating back as far as the 4th grade, he has artwork signed with this name.
Growing up in the Bay Area and living in San Francisco, he became interested in studying graphic design at the City College of San Francisco and began working on his portfolio.
A few years later he followed his best friend Marilyn Evans’ advice and moved to New York City, where he has been living and working for the past 25years.
Since then, he has studied at the Pratt Institue, the School of Visual Arts and Photomanhattan.
Before his coursework at Photomanhattan, he met his mentors, Jim and Cherie Mendez, who shared his passion for photography. Because they saw potential in his ‘eye’, they helped develop it and refined his gift. They gave him his third camera a Canon AE-1 with 3 rolls of film and told him to shoot whatever he wanted. Out of just the first 2 rolls of film they reviewed together, Daniel was able to get 7 photographs shown at the “Go Fish” Chelsea Gallery in 2003; that was his first time showing publicly.
He then graduated to his fourth camera a Nikon D70 with which he continues to shoot a variety of media from still-life, to events, to fashion and theatre head shots. One of his head shots was featured in Playbill for his friend and actor Zakia Young as an ensemble cast member of the Broadway Musical, “The Little Mermaid”.
However, he has never lost his love for the ‘rawness’ of black and white film. Ironically, his (graphic design) work was also featured in a full fledged media presentation at a party titled “Route 66” for Brandonology featuring forecasted trends from the 1960’s which are still paralleled today.
His personal and current on going project is a coffee table book which features photos of literally - anything to do with shoes.
He is currently advancing his craft by learning about lighting to further his work and continue his love for photography. You can see some of his work on, www. or you may contact him at

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