ABOUT

Dan Nelken was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, immigrated to Canada with his family, and ultimately moved to the United States. Obsessed with painting as a Graphic Arts major at Pratt Institute, Dan reluctantly enrolled in the school’s required photography course his junior year. Taking that course unexpectedly and irrevocably changed his life. Throughout his professional career, Dan has mostly pursued long-term projects centered on individuals or groups that exist on the cusp of mainstream culture. Many of these photographic projects have been exhibited and/or published extensively in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Several museums and private collections hold Dan Nelken’s photographs, including The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, The Portland Art Museum and the International Center of Photography, Haverford College Fine Art Photography Collection, and Fondzazione MAST.

Selected Honors & Awards

2020 Julia Margaret Cameron Award, The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, an international juried competition: First Place Award, Series The Feminine Universe [men only competition]: HeadStrong: The Women of Rural Uganda, Barcelona, ES (Juror: Elizabeth Avedon, Curator)

URBAN2020 Photo Awards + Exhibition, an international juried competition: Shortlisted, Projects & Portfolios category (Multiple Jurors)

BarTur Photo Award, an international juried competition: Shortlisted, Professional Category, Unity in Diversity theme

Photolucida/Critical Mass, an international juried competition: Top 50 Finalist, HeadStrong: The Women of Rural Uganda, Portland, OR, US (Multiple Jurors)

Africa Photo Awards, an international juried competition: Shortlisted, Portraiture

2019 Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards 2019, an international juried competition: First Place Award, Series, Theme Category, The Unyielding Gaze: HeadStrong: The Women of Rural Uganda, Kuala Lumpur, MY (Multiple Jurors)

Tokyo International Foto Awards, an international juried competition: Bronze Prize: People/Portraits: HeadStrong: The Women of Rural Uganda, Tokyo, JP (Multiple Jurors)

13 Pollux Awards, The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, an international juried competition: First Prize Award, Professional Section, People Category, Series: HeadStrong: The Women of Rural Uganda an international juried competition, (Multiple Jurors)

2019 Neutral Density Award, an international juried competition: Honorable Mention, People Category, Series: HeadStrong: The Women of Rural Uganda (Multiple Jurors)

Photo Review Best of Show 2019: Winner, Philadelphia, PA, US, (Juror: Lyle Rexer, author/curator/critic)

Athens Photo Festival 2019, an international juried competition: Shortlisted, Portrait Series: “HeadStrong: The Women of Rural Uganda (Multiple Jurors)

2018 Photo Review, Best of Show 2018, a juried exhibition: Third Prize Award, Philadelphia, PA, US (Juror: Sarah Meister, Curator, Museum of Modern Art, NY)

2008 Singapore International Photo Festival, an international juried exhibition: Winner, Singapore SG (Multiple Jurors)

2006 Photolucida/Critical Mass, an international juried exhibition: Shortlisted, Portrait Till the Cows Come Home: County Fair Portraits, Portland OR, US (Multiple Jurors)

Aperture Foundation, Portfolio Picks, Honorable Mention: Till the Cows Come Home: County Fair Portraits

The Rhubarb-Rhubarb Free Book Competition: Winner, Till the Cows Come Home: County Fair Portraits

1993 The Advertising Photographers of New York 9th Annual Awards: Two Merit Prize Awards, New York, NY, US

1992 Photo Metro’s 10th Annual Photography Contest: Three Merit Prize Awards, San Francisco, CA, US (Juror: Arthur Ollman, Founding Director, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA)

1990 Photo Metro’s 8th Annual Photography Contest: First Place Award (tie) and Honorable Mention, San Francisco, CA, US (Multiple Jurors)

1989 Photo Metro’s 7th Annual Photography Contest: First Place Award, San Francisco, CA, US (Multiple Jurors)

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021 HeadStrong: The Women of Rural Uganda, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR

2010 Till the Cows Come Home: County Fair Portraits, Robert Morat Galerie, Hamburg DE

2008 Till the Cows Come Home: County Fair Portraits, The Heeren Shops, Singapore International Photo Festival, Singapore, SG (catalog)

2005 Till the Cows Come Home: County Fair Portraits, The Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR, US (catalog)

Till the Cows Come Home: County Fair Portraits, 7. Internationale Fotoage Mannheim/Ludwigshaten-Contemporary American Photography, Mannheim DE, (curated by Tina Schelhorn, Co-founder, Galerie Lichtblick, Cologne, DE) (catalog)

2004 Till the Cows Come Home: County Fair Portraits, Grosvenor Gallery, SUNY Cobleskill, NY, US

2003 Till the Cows Come Home: County Fair Portraits, Indian Hill Gallery of Fine Photography, Wells, VT, US

Till the Cows Come Home: County Fair Portraits, Roxbury Arts Group, Roxbury, NY, US

1971 Very Personal Views, Neikrug Gallery, New York City, NY, US (curated by

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 The Feminine Universe, 15th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, an international juried competition, FotoNostrum Gallery, Barcelona, ES, (Juror: Elizabeth Avedon, Curator)

2020 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2020, an international juried exhibition, two photographs, National Portrait Gallery, London: London, UK

oo’s & iii’s, FotoFestiwal, International Festival of Photography in Lodz, Lodz, PL (curated by W.M. Hunt, Dancing Bear Collection)

2019 Portraits, SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC, US

Photo Review Best of Show 2019, The University of The Arts Gallery Philadelphia, PA, US, (juried by Lyle Rexer, author/critic/curator)

Unyielding Gaze, an international juried exhibition, Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards, Ilham Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, MY

NYUrban Dance, LiCA/The Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY, US

2018 Photo Review Best of Show 2018, The University of The Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, US (juried by Sarah Meister, Curator, Museum of Modern Art NY)

Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize 2018, an international juried exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London: London, UK (catalog)

FestFotoBrazil, Sao Paulo, BR

2017 I Choose Film: Film Photography in the 21st Century, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Wells, VT, US

2014 In Focus, Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT, US

2010 16th Juried Exhibition, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, US (curated by Jörg Colberg, founder and editor, Conscientious Photography magazine)

2009 Galerie Artists, AIPAD, Robert Morat Galerie [Hamburg, DE], New York City, NY,

XIII Bienal de Fotografia 2008, Centro de la Imagen, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes Mexico City, MX

2008 Photography: Recent Acquisitions, The Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, US

Discoveries of the Meeting Place, The Twelfth International Biennial Festival of Photography, Houston, TX, US (curated by Roy Flukinger, Harry Ransom Research Center) (catalog)

2007 Photography Now: An International Survey, Wright State University Art Galleries, Dayton, OH (curated by Tina Schelhorn and others) (catalog CD-ROM)

2006 Relationships: A Ten Year Bond – Works from the CPW’s Permanent Print Collection, The Center of Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY, US

2005 Fotoage Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, Galerie Lichtblick, Cologne, DE

2003 Award Winners, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA, US(Juror, Laura Hoptman, Curator of Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh PA)

2002 Photo Review Best of Show 2002, Gallery 1401, The University of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, US

Group Show, Indian Hill Gallery of Fine Photography, Wells, VT, US

  • 1994-Self Possessed, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Texas Fine Arts Association, a
  • 1996 juried traveling exhibition, Austin, TX, US (Juror, Lynn Zelevansky, MOMA )

1994 Photowork ’94, a juried photography exhibition, Dutchess County Art Association, Barrett House, Poughkeepsie, NY, US (juror: Charles Stainback, Curator, International Center of Photography NY)

1993 New Directions ’93, a juried exhibition, Dutchess County Art Association, Barrett House, Poughkeepsie, NY (juror: Adam Weinberg, Curator, Whitney Museum NY)

The Local Landscape, Delaware County Historical Association, Delhi, NY, US

9th Annual Photography Exhibition, a juried photography exhibition, The Advertising Photographers of New York, Nikon House, New York City, NY, US

1992 Photowork ’92, a juried photography exhibition, Dutchess County Art Association, Barrett House, Poughkeepsie, NY, US (juror: Willis Hartshorn, Curator, International Center of Photography NY)

10th Annual Photo Metro Contest Winners, Photo Metro Gallery, San Francisco, CA, US

1990 8th Annual Photo Metro Contest Winners, Vision Gallery, San Francisco, CA, US

1989 Trio, 7th Annual Photo Metro Contest Winners, Lee and Lees Contemporary Gallery, San Francisco, CA, US

Selected Collections

  • Beth Hatefutsoth Museum, Jerusalem, IL
  • Haverford College Fine Art Photography Collection, Haverford, PA, US
  • International Center of Photography, New York City, NY, US
  • MAST Foundation, Bologna, IT
  • The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY, US
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX, US
  • The Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, US
  • Vontobel Art Collection, Zurich, CH
  • W. M. Hunt Collection Dancing Bear, New York City, NY, US

Publications By the Photographer

2011 “Smash ‘em Crash ‘em,” self-published book

2008 “Till the Cows Come Home: County Fair Portraits,” (Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg 2008)

Selected Publications: Magazines & Newspapers

2009 Smithsonian Magazine [US], “Sheep, Chicks and Geese Scurry at the County Fair,” August 13

2008 Photo International [DE], August, 54-63

2006 British Journal of Photography [UK], “Six of the Best,” May 3, 16-19

2004 Leica World, Photography International [US], 2/2004,16

Foto Magazine [DE], “Q-Tips fur den Hahnenkamn,” June, 132-137,

2003 The New York Times [US], “Signs of the Times,” by Dan Nelken, Opinion Op-Art [photograph], January 6

2001 Catskill Mountain Region Guide [US], “Through the Camera Lens: County Fairs,” July, 63-70

1992 PhotoMetro [US], “10th Annual Contest Winners,” November

1990 PhotoMetro [US], “8th Annual Contest Winners,” October

1989 PhotoMetro [US], “Trio, 7th Annual Contest Winners,” October

1976 35-mm Photography [US], “Mimi,” Summer 1976, 82-93

1971 Popular Photography [US], “Show’s We’ve Seen,” College Film Festival,” September, 36

1970 Esquire [US], “Esquire Presents the Winners of Its First International College Film Festival,” August, 155

Selected Publications: Books & Catalogs

2019 Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards 2019 Catalog [MY], September, 16-17

2018 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 Catalog [UK], October, 67

2008 The Twelfth International Biennial Festival of Photography Catalog, [Texas, US], October

Singapore International Photo Festival Catalog, [Singapore, SG], October

2007 Photography Now: An International Survey, [Ohio, US], CD-ROM [catalog]

2005 Blue Sky 05/06, Catalog [Oregon, US]

7. Internationale Fotoage Mannheim/Ludwigshaten-Contemporary American Photography Catalog, [Mannheim/Ludwigshafen DE]

Education

1969 BFA, Pratt Institute

Professional Experience

2014 - Present Dan Nelken Photography LLC, New York, NY, US

1976 - 2014 Dan Nelken Studio Inc., New York, NY, US

2020 Guest Lecturer, CUNY, College of Staten Island (CSI), Staten Island, NY, US

2014 - 2018 Adjunct Professor, CUNY, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), New York, NY, US

2013 Guest Lecturer, CUNY, Staten Island, NY, US

2012 - 2013 Adjunct Professor, CUNY, College of Staten Island (CSI), Staten Island, NY, US

Partial List of Clients

Advertising & Design Firms

  • Addison
  • BBDO Worldwide/Singapore
  • Bernhard Fudyma Design
  • Carbone Smolan
  • Carpenter Group
  • Desantis Breindel
  • Landor Associates
  • Lascalla & Co.
  • Leo Burnett/Chicago
  • McCann Worldwide
  • Saatchi & Saatchi
  • Siegel + Gale Inc.
  • Two Twelve
  • Wunderman/Thompson

Corporate

  • American Express
  • Citigroup
  • Deloitte
  • DTCC
  • J.P. Morgan Chase
  • IBM
  • KKR & Co. Inc.
  • NBC Universal
  • Och-Ziff Capital Management
  • Pfizer Inc.
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Target Corporation
  • TIAA

Publications

  • American Banker
  • American Lawyer
  • British Journal of Photography
  • Bond Buyer
  • Dwell
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Leica World
  • National Lampoon
  • The New York Times
  • O. The Oprah Magazine
  • Photo International
  • Foto Magazine [DE]
  • Popular Photography
  • Scholastic Magazines, Inc.
  • Smithsonian Magazine
  • Wall Street Journal