Dan was born and raised in Brewster, NY. He has been exhibiting his photographs since 2007. He received his BFA in photography from the Hartford Art School and his MFA in photography from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. His fascination with the process of making a photograph lead him to use large format cameras as well as rudimentary hand build cameras.
He never transitioned to digital; instead he became enamored with chance and experimentation. Using long exposures, and expired film created chance and abnormalities to his photographs that digital could not.