Danielle Villasana is an independent photojournalist with a passion for issues on gender, identity, social politics and health. She is currently a member of the Emerging Talent Roster at Getty Images Reportage.
Before double-majoring in photojournalism and Spanish at the University of Texas, Danielle traveled through more than thirty countries in Europe and West Africa, photographing along the way. After meeting a photojournalist in Ghana, she realized that photography combined with discovery, cross-cultural communication and a desire to spread awareness about global issues equates to journalism. A lightbulb went off and she quickly headed back home to begin her studies.
Throughout her time as a student, Danielle photographed for The Daily Texan and the Austin American-Statesman as an intern. In 2012, she received the Helen M. Powell Traveling Fellowship and in 2013, she studied abroad in Lima, Peru, where she was a photography intern at El Comercio. In the fall of 2013 she attended the Eddie Adams Workshop.
In 2014, Danielle co-founded Everyday Latin America on Instagram, which is part of the Everyday community founded by Peter DiCampo and Austin Merrill as a way to combat stereotypes in the media.
This Spring she taught photography to marginalized communities in Lima, Peru, through a US Embassy grant. In April she attended the New York Portfolio Review, sponsored by the New York Times Lens blog.
“A Light Inside,” Danielle’s long-term project on transgender women in Lima recently won the Magnum Foundation’s Inge Morath Award and was recognized by the Pride Photo Award and the International Photography Awards.
Most importantly, Danielle lives and works by the advice of her mentor Donna De Cesare: “You are a human being first and a journalist second.”