Creating an environment for emotions and discomfort to have a place. The tension in which my subject can rid itself of time.


Feeling lost because you do not belong, because you as a group or individual are the odd one out. I myself grew up in a deprived neighbourhood (De Flat: my first photography project) and had my coming out when I was young. Therefore, I find it important to portray the personal aspects behind societal issues. The evolvement of our identities tells a story of how we get on with ourselves and those around us.


Photography enables me to comprehend my whirlwind of fascinations. Taking time to get closer to the sentiments. 

How I choose my subjects also articulates an exploration for existence, a search that is ongoing and at times causes friction, yet is always telling.



Daniel Niessen (1997) is a visual artist and photographer, who uses documentary photography and visual design. He also works as a professional photo-editor for NRC Handelsblad and NRC Next in Amsterdam.


Daniel is an alumnus of the Academy of Media, Art and Performance in Den Bosch. He was awarded Student of the Year for his contributions to the programme, which allowed him to represent the Academy as a national ambassador. After graduation he taught a course in documentary and reportage photography at the Academy, and followed several courses at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.


In recognition of his work, Daniel was selected ‘GUP Dutch New Photography Talent 2018’ and featured in the New Talent Book 2018. In the same year, Daniel was the first runner up for ‘De Hollandse Fotoprijs’, a Dutch competition for young Dutch photography talent, with his long-term project ‘Neighbours’.


Studio Niessen has commissioned work for, amongst others, NRC Handelsblad, the Municipality of Zeist, BINCK Bank, The National Committee for 4 and 5 May, Mayster, and De Limburger.  



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The cover video is an excerpt from the project DOEL, devised and directed by Daniel Niessen, and filmed by Tuyl van Grieken. This website is designed by Daniel Niessen and created by Wisse Paardekooper. Font research was conducted by Remco van den Dun.