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Daniel Kraus

Daniel Kraus, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Art & Design,
College of Human Sciences and Humanities



Daniel Seth Kraus's work blends historical research with photography to deepen our understanding of people, places, and how they combine to create a culture. In practice, Mr. Kraus strives to create work which is informed and empathetic towards the subjects and his viewers.

In addition to his photographic work, he writes on photography and contemporary photographers for Pellicola Magazine, and publishes reviews of photobooks on his Youtube channel, The Photobook Review.

He has taught courses in photography, video, and the history of photography at Tyler School of Art & Architecture, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, The College of New Jersey, and Maine Media Workshops + College before coming to University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Areas of Expertise

  • Photography
  • Photobooks
  • History of Photography
  • Contemporary Issues in Photography
  • Video
  • Social Documentary Photography


  • Pellicola Magazine, Article Publication, “Picturing Jewish Generational Memory: Hannah Altman’s Photobook Kavana."
  • Lenscratch Photography Blog, Interview and Project Publication: Plain, Ordinary, Working People. 
  • Society for Photographic Education, National Conference, Imagemaker Presentation: "Miniature Mysteries: Decoding 19th Century Microphotographs." 
  • New England College, Fellowship Talk, "One Foot In, One Foot Out: Participant Observation in Documentary Photography, Manchester, NH."
  • Ruminate Magazine, issue 54, Photographic Project Published: Plain, Ordinary, Working People.
  • Esquire Magazine Russia, Photographs Published, Plain, Ordinary, Working People.
  • HUCK Magazine, Article written and photographs published, Plain, Ordinary, Working People

Courses (Current Academic Year)

  • Digital Photography 1
  • Advanced Digital Photography
  • Traditional Photography
  • Advanced Traditional Photography

Research Projects

Mr. Kraus earned a M.F.A. in Photography in 2017 from the Tyler School of Art & Architecture at Temple University. He also holds a B.F.A. in Photography and a B.A. in History from the University of North Florida (2013).

Having a background and training in historical research has greatly influenced the way he approaches creative projects. While maintaining his own artistic practice, he has worked in collaboration with Byron Wolfe on two extremely rare microphotographs made by two 19th century photographers, the Langenheim brothers.

His work has been featured in numerous print and online publications, including Esquire Russia, Fraction, SeeSaw, Oxford American, Create Magazine, Aint-Bad, and Ruminate Magazine. His photographs have been exhibited in national and international juried exhibitions including South Korea, China, and Ireland.

Mr. Kraus was the 2016 recipient of the College Arts Association’s Professional Development Fellowship in Visual Arts grant and was awarded a fellowship by the John Teti Rare Photography Book Collection at the Institute of Art & Design at New England College for his self published books and research on the practice of "participant observation" in contemporary documentary photography.

Awards and Accomplishments

  • College Art Association, Professional Development Fellowship in Visual Arts
  • John Teti Rare Photography Book Collection, New England College, Research Fellowship
  • Temple University-Wagner Free Institute of Science, Humanities & Arts Research Fellowship