Dan Lopez is a photographer and art director based in Los Angeles. His photography has been the subject of two photo books, Constellation Road (Bywater Bros., 2017) and Smoke Room Volume II (Bywater Bros., 2014) and his work appears in the definitive photographic survey of LA Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles (Metropolis Books, 2015). Lopez's photos have also appeared in The Los Angeles Times, the Time Magazine LightBox and The Huffington Post, and he has exhibited at several galleries and museums including MOCA at the Geffen Contemporary, The Main Museum, The Elizabeth Houston Gallery, Venice Arts and The Perfect Exposure Gallery. Dan Lopez studied Fine Arts and Cinema/Television at the University of Southern California.


I’m interested in the abundant symbolism that can be found in everyday objects. The latent humor hidden in the most ordinary scenes. I’m drawn to signage, specifically to typography that suggests new meaning when viewed in an alternate context. My photography takes advantage of the quality and consistency of light available in Southern California. The vibrant colors of the city, which often clash in real life, somehow work harmoniously when captured on film. Life is chaotic, and my photography has become a meditation that allows me to slow down and look carefully at space and place.


University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
BA: Fine Arts | Minor: Cinema/Television
Emphasis: Photography and Graphic Design

2017 Constellation Road, Bywater Bros. Editions
2015 Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles (anthology), Introduction by David Ulin, forward by Ed Ruscha, Metropolis Books
2014 Smoke Room II, Smoke Room

The Los Angeles Times
Time Magazine LightBox
Purple Magazine
Feature Shoot
D.A.P. Artbook
Month of Photography Los Angeles
Elizabeth Avedon Journal
The Huffington Post
Focus Photo LA
This Isn’t Happiness
The Eastsider
LA Art Party

2017 Constellation Road book launch and signing, MOCA at the Geffen Contemporary
2015 Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles book launch and group signing, Paris Photo LA, Paramount Studios Back Lot
2014 Smoke Room II book launch and signing, MOCA at the Geffen Contemporary

2018 MOPLA Photo Book Exhibition, Venice Arts, Los Angeles, CA
2017 Office Hours, The Main Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2017 Focus Photo LA, Elizabeth Houston Gallery, New York, NY
2016 Photographic Language, Lark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2015 Instagramland, The Perfect Exposure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA