EDITION SIZE : 17
DIMENSIONS : 20" X 16"
PAPER : 100 lb Cougar White
TECHNIQUE : 3 Color Screen Print
SIGNATURE : Signed & Numbered
YEAR : 2019
"Como Los Gigantes Que Seguimos" Daniel Valencia
Daniel Valencia is a self-taught photographer who practices traditional black and white techniques in a dark room. He was born in San Jose, CA and raised in Seven Trees, San Jose by his Mexican-American mother. Seven Trees was its own unincorporated city, surrounded by South San Jose, and was not recognized as a part of San Jose until it was annexed in 2009. Growing up with no designated police force, city officials, or governing authority in the area, Daniel chose a skateboard and a camera as his way of observing, documenting, and processing the mayhem around him.
He started seriously documenting his community, the street culture, and the children in his neighborhood in 2009 with his series Seven Trees. The series captured the attention of the arts community in San Jose and was exhibited in galleries such as De-Bug and Metro Newspaper’s Metro Gallery. In 2011 he received theDowntown Doors award, granting him the opportunity to display larger than life photos on the doors of multiple businesses and public spaces in San Jose’s downtown area. The Downtown Doors were also accompanied with a one-day show at the San Jose Museum of Art. During this time in San Jose, Daniel worked as an apprentice to Jai Tanju, the owner of Seeing Things Gallery. Here he learned the business of operating a gallery and realized his love of curating.
In 2014, Daniel moved to San Francisco to further cultivate his passion for photography. He worked as a darkroom technician at Rayko Photo Center for three years before they closed to the public in 2017. At Rayko he started exploring his current techniques of burning and physically manipulating photo negatives, as well as mural sized darkroom printing. He now works as an assistant curator at Book and Job Gallery and is the official photographer for the political printmaking collective the San Francisco Poster Syndicate.