Dilla Djalil Daniel

Documenary Photographer, 1966, Jacarta, Indonesian

Dilla Djalil Daniel (b. 1966) is a Jakarta based documentary photographer. Her first introduction to the camera was when her father gave her a boxy Kodak camera for her 9th birthday. Ever since then she has been something of a shutterbug. Dilla carried the passion towards portraying animals until these days and has established herself as a documentary photographer. She developed her skills by actively taking parts in workshops conducted by such world class photographers as Maggie Steber and Andrea Bruce. In 2016 Dilla was selected Leica Indonesia Ambassador.

Since her first solo exhibition and book release “A Trunk and other Tails” in 2017, Dilla held a number of exhibitions in her home country and abroad. She was an open call finalist at Helsinki Photo Festival in 2018 and her impresssive works of orangutans were exhibited at Maailma Kylässä - World Village Festival, Helsinki Zoo and public parks in Helsinki. In 2019 Dilla won with her orangutan series the prestigious international Alfred Fried Photography award for the best photographs illustrating peace.

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