After studying photography in Southern California, Dan Winters finished his formal education at the film school of Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. He began his career in photography as a photo journalist in his home town in Ventura County, California. After winning several regional awards for his work, he moved to New York City, where magazine assignments came rapidly.
Known for the broad range of subject matter he is able to interpret, he is widely recognized for his unusual celebrity portraiture, his scientific photography, photo illustrations, drawings and photojournalistic stories. Dan has won over one hundred national and international awards from American Photography, Communications Arts, The Society of Publication Designers, PDN, The Art Director's Club of New York, Life Magazine, and won the world press photo award in the portrait category, among others. He was also awarded the prestigious, Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography. In 2003, he was honored by Kodak as a photo "Icon" in their biographical "Legends" series.
He has had four exhibitions of his personal work in galleries In New York and Los Angeles and had a book of his magazine work entitled Dan Winters: Periodical Photographs published in 2009 by Aperture. In addition, he has photos in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian, the Houston Museum of Fine Art, the Harry Ransom Center in Austin and the Wittliff Collection at the Jepson Center for the ARts/Telfair Museum in Savannah, GA.