Born in Milan in 1972, Daniele Duella receives his first camera, a medium format twin lens "Rolleiflex" from his grandmother at the age of 13. Soon after, he decides to leave school and moves to Paris to devote his life to photography. In 2000, he meets Iango Henzi, a stylist at the time, in Milan. They start to collaborate and from 2006 to 2013 they work together under the name Daniele+Iango. Their diverse backgrounds and combined sensibilities create a unique approach to contemporary photography that escalates their commercial career. They work in Paris and London with CLM Agency and from 2010 in NY with Streeters Agency. In 2005, Daniele also signs with the gallery Arums in Paris. During this time, he collaborates with numerous artists including Ron Arad and Philippe Pasqua. In 2013, Daniele decides to move back to Paris to focus entirely on his solo career. He currently resides between Paris and Los Angeles dividing his time between fashion photography and personal art projects.
AN ICONIC STYLE
Daniele’s style is often described as Iconic; his work is devoted to creating images that are suspended outside the parameters of time and often rich in symbolism and literary references. His use of lighting creates a sculptural style greatly influenced by his passion for Italian renaissance. His notorious perfectionism and attention to details are finalized to the actualization of a pure, uncompromising aesthetic: undoubtedly graphic, precise and elegant. But at the same time, his masterful use of chiaroscuro infuses his pictures with a dramatic and lyrical quality. A religious, mystical aura that seem to equally permeate and define beauty and decay. The result is a new form of classicism inspired by his masters like Caravaggio in surprisingly modern and provocative like the work of Daniele’s contemporary influences such as the painter Günter Brus, the performer Leigh Bowery and the director Peter Greenaway.
A recomposed duality is also apparent in the depiction of female characters, are recurring themes in Daniele’s work: domineering females of uncompromising physical beauty and overt sexuality or angelic Pre-Raphaelite figures of rarefied purity and grace.
Daniele often collaborates with magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, W Magazine, Interview, V Magazine, Visionaire, i-D, Dazed & Confused, Another Magazine and The Economist UK. He has shot commercial campaigns for Givenchy, Tom Ford, Versace, Cartier, Pinko, Plein Sud and John Frieda and with many celebrities and supermodels: Christina Aguilera, Cameron Diaz, Rossy De Palma, Christina Ricci, Monica Bellucci, Laetitia Casta, Diane Kruger, Paris Hilton, Emanuelle Seigner, Marina Abramović, Shirley Manson, Antony Hegarty, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Gisele Bündchen, Eva Herzigova, Linda Evangelista, Stephanie Seymour, Kristen McMenamy, Pat Cleveland, Carolyn Murphy, Karen Elson, Amber Valletta, Shalom Harlow, Kirsten Owen, Liya Kebede, Lara Stone, Malgosia Bela, Guinevere Van Seenus, Isabeli Fontana and many others....
Like You Cartabianca gallery Festival Arles, Juillet 2015 group show - The Modern Muses Colette Paris, March 2011 personal exhibition - Ron Arad spring collection Arums gallery Paris, April 2009 - eXit Arums gallery Paris, September 2008 group show - Exposition Collective Arums gallery Paris, January 2008 group show - Mod'If Arums gallery Paris, November 2006 group show - Graff Arums gallery Paris, May 2006 group show - Mémento Mori Arums gallery Paris, March 2006 group show - Une nuit d’art A3 Place St Sulpice Paris, June 2005 group show: Nan Goldin, Daniele Duella, Mark Brusse, Gloria Friedmann, Daniel Spoerri.