Russel Albert Daniels is a documentary photographer and visual storyteller based in Ute, Paiute, Navajo, Goshute, and Shoshone territories in Utah.
Russel’s recent projects concentrate at the edge of wilderness where man and history continue to forge the landscape in the Interior West: the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Rocky Mountains.
His projects often take him into Indigenous and disenfranchised communities where he works to bring a balanced narrative.
He describes himself - I’m an Interior West mutt and a sixth generation Utahan. I descend from a 19th century polygamist Mormon frontiersman, a Navajo slave child, danish/english settlers, and a Ho-Chunk/french boarding school teacher. I grew up assimilated, sort of, in the suburbs of Salt Lake City.
Russel specializes in reportage and portraiture and has worked as a freelance photojournalist for print, online, and wire services. He also shoots and produces short news and documentary video.
He received a BA in photojournalism from The School of Journalism at The University of Montana at which time he was an American Indian Journalism Institute and Chips Quinn scholar at the Freedom Forum.
His work has appeared in Elsevier, Gizmodo, The New York Times, Washington Post, Latino USA, The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Patch, and The Bay Citizen.
Contact Russel for commissions, prints and zine sales.
Russel is a proud member of Natives Photograph