Daniel Kukla

Daniel Kukla is a visual artist working in photography, video and installation. Kukla's research-based practice utilizes the photographic medium in experimental ways to interrogate themes of impermanence, evidence and abstraction, beauty and fragility, as well as frontiers that arise in the fields of art and ecology. By exploring ecological, historical and social processes that shape a place or idea, Kukla generates work that speaks to new ways of seeing where everything is intertwined and codependent.

Kukla is a graduate of the International Center of Photography’s program in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism. Prior to his photographic education he attended the University of Toronto and received an Honours Bachelors of Science in Biology and Evolutionary Ecology. His work has been exhibited at Aperture Foundation, The International Center of Photography, The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, RISD Museum of Art, Masin Museo de Art de Sinaloa, Williams College Museum of Art, among others. His work has been featured in the New Yorker Magazine, New York Times, Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Juxtapoz, Granta Magazine, Guernica Magazine, the Washington Post and others.

Selected Work

    Fireflies, 2020

    Moire, 2020

    A Balance Between Too Little and Too Much, 2018 (text)

    Proving Grounds, 2014

    Edge Effect, 2012 (text)

    Captive Landscapes, 2010 (text)


  • 2007-08 Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Program, International Center of Photography, New York, NY
  • 2002-07 Honors Bachelor of Science, University of Toronto, Majors in Evolutionary Ecology, Biology, and Evolutionary Human Anatomy


Selected Exhibitions


  • Man-Eater, Open Circle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • High Spark, YaPhoto, Yaounde, Cameroon
  • Under The Perfect Canopy, Nagoya, Japan
  • Man Eater, Space Place, Nigni Tagil, Russia


  • Art Meets Science: Polar2018, Davos, Switzerland
  • Hot Water/PlasticoFantastico, National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Nassau
  • Invisible Landscape, Stand 4 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


  • Summer Salon, Gallery 1/1 Seattle, WA
  • Reflect, Daniel Cooney Gallery, New York, NY
  • Phantasmagoria, HopScotch, Local Projects, New York, NY


  • Hot Topic, Gallery 1/1 Seattle, WA
  • Glacial Rebound, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden


  • Trazo Desconocido, Pill Box Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
  • HighSpark, EXIT: Cartografía de la Creatividad, Museode Arte de Sinaloa, Culican, Mexico


  • 24 Mirrors in The Sun, installation piece, Governors Island Art Fair, New York, NY
  • High Spark, The Aperture Foundation, New York, NY
  • High Spark, Open Spaces Gallery, Santorini, Greece
  • The Fair Grounds, Blog re-Blog, Austin Center for Photography, Austin, TX


  • Edge Effect, Photofusion Photography Centre, London, UK
  • Edge Effect, Neubacher Shor Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
  • The Fair Grounds, Blog re-Blog, Signal Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
  • Glacial Rebound, Visualized Truth, Ramybes Gallery, Palanga, Lithuania


  • Captive Landscapes, Hackney Picture House, London, UK
  • Edge Effect, Looking at the Land, RISD Museum of Art, Rhode Island
  • Captive Landscapes (solo), Pictura Gallery, Bloomington, IN
  • Glacial Rebound, International Center of Photography, New York, NY
  • Edge Effect, International Multimedia Art Festival, New Zero Art Space, Yangon, Myanmar
  • Alex, The Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality, San Francisco, CA
  • Glacial Rebound, Siauliai Art Gallery, Siauliai, Lithuania
  • Cold Traveling, Garland and Ford Contemporary Photography, Toronto, Canada
  • Captive Landscapes (solo), SRO Gallery, Lubbock, TX


  • Glacial Rebound, Milk Gallery, New York, NY
  • Captive Landscapes, BLOWUP! Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • El Altiplano, Nature Within, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, NY
  • Captive Landscapes, ASA Collective, NOMAD Gallery, London, UK
  • Emergence, Wa Projects 25 Central Park West Gallery, New York, NY
  • Alex, for The Kinsey Institute for Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at the SoFA Gallery, Bloomington, IN
  • The Fairgrounds, Kuala Lumpur Photo Awards, White Box Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


  • Oil Palm, with Magnum Foundation, 25 Central Park West Gallery, New York, NY
  • Captive Landscapes, 2902 Gallery, Singapore International Photography Festival
  • Nature Within, 25 Central Park West Gallery, New York, NY
  • What We Saw: Dialects, International Center of Photography, New York, NY


  • Re-Visioning Transport, permanent photo installation, NYC Dept. of Transportation HQ New York, NY


  • What We Saw, Pingyao Photography Festival, Pingyao, China
  • Reflections, International Center of Photography, New York, NY


  • Plates on Bowls, Installation, Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Canada

Selected Publications


  • Artist Feature, Artron China
  • Field Notes from the Brazilian Amazon, New Yorker Magazine, Instagram Takeover, December/January


  • Artist Feature, Discover the New Topography of Landscape, Time Magazine LightBox
  • Coal Trains, High Country News
  • High Spark, Wired Magazine
  • Artist Feature, Voyage Into Ice, University of Toronto Magazine, winter issue


  • Edge Effect, Lenscratch
  • Photographers, Scientists for Climate Change, Wall Street Journal
  • Artist Feature, FLOAT Magazine, Issue 1
  • Captive Landscapes, Wired Magazine
  • Edge Effect, Feature Shoot


  • Edge Effect, It's Nice That Annual
  • Edge Effect, Magenta Flash Forward 2013 Catalogue
  • Edge Effect, Raise Magazine


  • Artist Residency Feature, PDN Magazine
  • Artist Feature, Looking at the Land From the Comfort of Home, Time Magazine LightBox
  • Captive Landscapes, Huffington Post
  • Edge Effect, Juxtapoz Magazine
  • Edge Effect, Esquire, Russia
  • Edge Effect, The Daily Mail, UK
  • Edge Effect, Spiegel, Germany
  • Edge Effect, La Repubblica, Italy
  • Edge Effect, Baumeister Magazine, Germany
  • Edge Effect, Guernica Magazine
  • Glacial Rebound, Planet Magazine
  • Edge Effect, American Photo
  • Edge Effect, New York Times Len’s Blog
  • Captive Landscapes, PowerHouse Blog
  • Captive Landscapes, Hunger Magazine
  • Edge Effect, UA Magazine
  • Captive Landscapes, Troika Editions, UK
  • Captive Landscapes, Feature Shoot
  • Edge Effect, Los Angeles Camera Club
  • Captive Landscapes, Planet Magazine


  • Captive Landscapes, featured artist Cohabitaire by Ingrid Schroder


  • Captive Landscapes, featured artist, On Earth Magazine
  • Captive Landscapes, Holding places by Emily Carter, Culture Hall
  • Oil Palm, Borneo, series featured in Discover Magazine
  • Lamina, featured in Entasis Literary Magazine, Vol. 1
  • Alex, featured on National Public Radio’s program on Latina Suicide
  • The Fairgrounds, featured in University of Toronto Magazine

Awards and Honors

  • Rockefeller Brothers Grant for Art Meets Science at Polar 2018, Davos, Switzerland
  • Finalist, Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, 2016
  • Rockefeller Brothers Grant for work relating to climate change, 2014
  • Winner of Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Exchange, 2013
  • Finalist for Terry O'Neill Award, 2013
  • Finalist for Hyeres Photography Festival, 2012
  • Descubrimientos PHE, PhotoEspana, Madrid, Spain, 2010

Artist Residencies

  • BOXO Projects, Joshua Tree National Park, CA, October 2017
  • Artist In Residence, Saguaro National Park, AZ, February 2017
  • LabVerde, Brazilian Amazon, September 2016
  • The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), North Adams, MA, January 2016
  • Rockefeller Brothers Fund at the Pocantico Estate, Sleepy Hollow, NY, July/August 2015
  • Plastic(o) Fantastic(o) artist collective invitation for residency, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, May 2015
  • Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado, June 2015
  • The Arctic Circle Residency, Svalbard, Norway, October 2014
  • The Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL, September 2014
  • Artist in Residence at Joshua Tree National Park, CA, March 2012


  • Williams College Museum of Art
  • The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction
  • NYC Department of Transportation
  • United States National Park Service: Joshua Tree NP & Saguaro NP
  • Various private collections

Teaching Experience

  • Faculty at International Center of Photography, New York, New York