About


Daniel Boetker-Smith is an educator, writer, curator, publisher, and photographer based in Melbourne.

Daniel is the Dean of Studies at Photography Studies College (Melbourne), the oldest, independent photography educational institution in Australia. PSC has won the College of the Year prize six times in the past seven years, and has been voted No.1 nationally for Overall Student Satisfaction in the Australian Government’s QILT 'Student Experience Survey’ consistently for the past 5 years.

He has been a lecturer for the past 15 years, and has previously taught and guest lectured at the University of Chester (UK), University of Gloucestershire (UK), University of New South Wales (AU), University of Melbourne (AU), Kings College London (UK), London College of Communication (UK), National Art School (AU), Deakin University (AU), La Trobe University (AU), University of Cambridge (UK) and Coventry University (UK).

Daniel is a regular contributor to the British Journal of Photography, GUP Magazine, European Photography, Voices of PhotographyVault, Photoeye, Paper Journal, Heavy, Source, and other Australian and international publications. He has also 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.

Daniel 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.

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.

Daniel 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 curated a number of large international photobook events for the major institutions in Australia and internationally.