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Who is Daniel Arnold?

There is a legacy of street photographers in New York City that goes back to the 1950's. The names are some of the best to have ever picked up a camera: Robert Frank, Garry Winongrand, Helen Levitt, Susan Mieselas and countless others. Daniel Arnold is currently carrying the torch from these legends and captures the streets from his own vision of a frantic and vibrant city.



"Contax G2-1" by  Lordcolus  is is licensed under  CC BY 2.0

"Contax G2-1" by Lordcolus is is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Daniel has stated that he uses many different cameras to capture his images: Leica M6, iPhone, Yashica T4 and Contax G2. The latter is the one I most associate him with and his shooting. Two video features on Daniel show his method, using the G2 with an external flash handheld at angles high and low, rarely looking through the viewfinder. Daniel talks about roaming the city for upwards of 8 hours a day on the hunt for his images.


Daniel primarily uses Portra 400 and 800 film. He's stated that he really enjoys the look of film and hasn't found a digital alternative that can give a similar look (1).

Favorite Images

All of my favorite images from Daniel Arnold make me think, how the hell did he catch that. The people in the images aren't always having their best moments and no one seems to be posing directly for Arnold. For anyone attempting street photography know this is far less a byproduct of being lucky but due to his relentlessness in capturing images and being in the right place at the right time.


Daniel currently doesn't have a book of his images out and I really hope he does one day. Currently the best place to see his work is on his instagram.


  1. Kim, E. (2015, June 02). "Be True to Yourself; Great Things Will Come": Interview with Daniel Arnold. Retrieved April 7, 2019, from

  2. Rachel, T. C. (2017, February 13). Daniel Arnold on the Ethics of Street Photography. Retrieved April 7, 2019, from,

  3. J. (2018, May 29). How Daniel Arnold translates street photography to fashion ā€“ Glossy. Retrieved April 7, 2019, from