Daniel MayritMadrid, 1985
Daniel Mayrit was born in Madrid (Spain) in 1985. He graduated in Media Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid. Then spent a couple of years in Copenhagen (Denmark) studying at the Copenhagen University prior to his moving to London (UK) where he graduated in Photographic Arts by the University of Westminster.
In recent years some of his images have been part of exhibitions such as Foto8 or Free Range (both in UK), festivals of the likes of PhotoIreland and SCAN Tarragona (Spain) and have been seen, among others, at The Photographers Gallery in London. His last work, You Haven't Seen Their Faces, has been shown at multiple international festivals such as PhotoEspaña, Noorderlicht, BelfastPhoto and Fotodok.
The work was published as a book by Riot Books and is the winner of the prestigious Aperture First Photobook award at Paris Photo 2015. It has also been shortlisted for Best Book of The Year at Kassel Fotobook Festival, PhotoEspaña '15 and Les Rencontres d'Arles.
As an artist his main interests lie in the relationship between documentary and fiction and how their interconnections affect the way the beholder takes in the images. Mayrit explores the borders of both fields, which often translates into images that the viewer is unable to place into any of the mentioned categories, leaving open questions as to whether they have been carefully staged or are candid images. In order to do so, his projects make use of imagery from different media, from mainstream printed press and the Internet to fine art history. His aim is not only to pinpoint the artificiality of those languages or ways of image making, but to challenge the preconceptions and expectations of the spectator to ultimately invite him to be critically aware of a given image discourse and agenda.