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Dante Dauz

I have walked different paths before following my true passion for photography. My experience has made me a jack of all trades: serving as a United States Marine, working in a creativity crushing cubicle as an auto insurance agent, providing personal training services and even assisting a musical composer. It was during that time as an assistant when my life took a fortuitous turn. I began shooting the orchestral sessions at the composer’s request, and it re-ignited my passion for photography. I began seeking knowledge through various outlets, eventually landing at Santa Monica College as a full time photography student. I made significant strides while in the program including exhibitions at The Annenberg Space for Photography and PhotoLA, and finishing the program winning the Eyler Scholarship prize. I credit my wife, family and friends for being such a strong support system and the primary catalyst for my recent successes.

I draw inspiration from a variety of artists including Arnold Newman, Richard Avedon, Mark Seliger, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Glenn Barr and Brandon Boyd. My greatest photographic inspiration comes from capturing and redefining the beauty of others which is why my work tends to fall in the conceptual portraiture and fashion genres. Although I aspire to shoot for covers of magazines like Vanity Fair, GQ and Vogue, I simply want to create beautiful and memorable images that will far outlast my own mortality.

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