Daniel Corral (b.1991) is a Boston-based photographer. In 2015, he enrolled at the School of the Museum of Fine Art at Tufts University (SMFA at Tufts) where he will receive his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2018. His work has been exhibited at The Distillery Gallery, in 2016, for the Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance Post Gay? show. In 2017, his work was exhibited at Lesley University Parker Gallery in the show Crossing/Borders and was featured in Lenscratch.com. Most recently, he was a 2018 recipient of the Stephen D. Paine Scholarship, established by the Boston Art Dealers Association.
Daniel was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He is enrolled in the Senior Thesis Program at SMFA at Tufts. His work focuses on subjectivity, such as street vending culture and immigration rights in Los Angeles, as well as examining queer intimacy and spaces through historical and contemporary photographic practices.
Artist Statement: Dark Rooms is an examination of queer folks and how identity and intimacy are established in private settings. Utilizing the camera obscura method of extinguishing all available light of an enclosed space, I then illuminate my subjects with a pinhole size opening in the room. The camera obscura creates a portal to the outside environment and serves as an analogy for queer folks to authorize their own identity in private while simultaneously having access to public spaces. This series invites viewers to peek into the world that is camera obscura and queer intimacy.