Dante Dauz walked different paths before following his true passion for photography. His experience has made him a jack of all trades: serving as a United States Marine, working in a creativity crushing cubicle as an auto insurance agent, providing personal training services and even assisting a musical composer. It was during that time when his life took a fortuitous turn. He began shooting the orchestral sessions at the composer’s request, and it re-ignited his passion for photography. Dante began seeking knowledge through various outlets, eventually landing at Santa Monica College as a full time photography student. He made significant strides while in the program including exhibitions at The Annenberg Space for Photography and PhotoLA, and finishing the program winning the Eyler Scholarship prize. He credits his wife, family and friends for being such a strong support system and the primary catalyst for his recent successes.
He draws inspiration from a variety of artists including Arnold Newman, Richard Avedon, Mark Seliger, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Glenn Barr and Brandon Boyd. His greatest photographic inspiration comes from capturing and redefining the beauty of others which is why his work tends to fall in the conceptual portraiture and fashion genres. Although he aspires to shoot for covers of magazines like Vanity Fair, GQ and Vogue, Dante simply wants to create beautiful and memorable images that will far outlast his own mortality.