Daniel Boetker-Smith is an educator, writer, curator, publisher, and photographer based in Melbourne. He is the Dean of Studies at Photography Studies College (Melbourne), the only dedicated photography educational institution in Australia (est. 1972), where he coordinates all the educational, teaching and learning, quality, regulatory, registration, industry and partnership programs.
He is the Director of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive, a not-for-profit library of self-published and independent photobooks. Daniel regularly speaks at festivals and symposia internationally on the subject of photobooks, photographic publishing, & self-publishing in the Asia-Pacific area.
In 2021 Daniel co-curated the major international exhibition 'Not Standing Still: new approaches in documentary photography' at the Monash Gallery of Art and Photo 2021 Festival in Melbourne, Australia. This exhibition featured Mathieu Asselin (FR/VE), Broomberg and Chanarin (ZA/UK), Cristina De Middel (ES), Laura El-Tantawy (UK/EG), Yoshikatsu Fujii (JP), Ashley Gilbertson (AU), Gauri Gill and Rajesh Vangad (IN/IN), Zhang Kechun (CN), Dana Lixenberg (NL), Max Pinckers (BE), Raphaela Rosella (AU), Alec Soth (US), & James Tylor (AU).
Daniel is a regular writer/contributor to the British Journal of Photography, FOAM Magazine, GUP Magazine, European Photography, Voices of Photography, Vault, Photoeye, Paper Journal, Heavy, Source, and other Australian and international publications.
Daniel has been a lecturer for the past 15 years, and has previously taught and guest lectured at Universities and Institutions in New Zealand, UK, USA, Germany, Netherlands, Malaysia, and Singapore.
Daniel is the Head of the Peer Review Panel for OVER: The Critical Journal of Photography and Visual Culture, published by Photo Ireland. Daniel was previously the Managing Editor of Australia's oldest photography journal, Photofile, published by the Australia Centre of Photography. He is on the Advisory Panel for the Photo2021 Festival, and has been a judge at numerous international and national photographic competitions. He is also a selector/nominator for the Singapore International Photography Festival, Prix Pictet Prize, World Press Photo, and other international competitions. He has organised and curated a number of large international photobook events for the major institutions in Australia and internationally.
Daniel's photographic work has been shortlisted for the Substation Art Prize, the Bowness Photography Prize, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Photography’s Documentary Photography Award, and the Ulrick/Schubert Photography Prize.