Dan Fenstermacher’s photography merges environmental portraiture and documentary storytelling with activism. His work aims to shed light on the perseverance of the human spirit in overcoming life’s challenges. Fenstermacher was recently selected as the winner of the 15th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest for the American Experience category, and won Best in Show at 2018 Peninsula Photo Contest at Palo Alto Art Center. His work has been included in juried exhibitions such as the: 2015 MFA National Competition at First Street Gallery, New York, Divergence: Emerging Legacies at the de Young Museum, San Francisco, and MFA Now 2015: Archive Project & Juried Exhibition at Root Division in San Francisco, CA.
Fenstermacher has worked in photography on four continents including a multi-media internship in Accra, Ghana, as a portrait photographer in Sydney, Australia, a Professor of Fine Arts at Xiangfan University in China, and as an artist-in-residence in San Ramon, Costa Rica. His work about mental illness and stigma has been featured on The Huffington Post and UK Daily Mail, and in numerous publications including The Mighty, Art Nerd, the South Bay Pulse, and Signature Magazine.
Fenstermacher received a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising from the University of Idaho. He holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Photography from San Jose State University, is a member of the Bay Area Photographers Collective, and teaches photography at West Valley Community College in Saratoga, CA.