Maja Daniels is a Swedish independent photographer currently based in London, UK. Having studied journalism, photography and sociology, her work focuses on social documentary and portraiture with an emphasis on human relations in a western, contemporary environment. By using sociology as a frame of research and approach to her photographic work, she finds it a successful combination when trying to focus on the interaction between man and society.
Her work was included in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2011 and exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London. She also won second prize in the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards and was selected as one of the 2011 Magenta Foundations Flash Forward Emerging Photographers. She was shortlisted for the 2010 PhotoVisura Grant for an outstanding personal photography project and she has exhibited in Paris, London, New York and Bilbao, Spain.
Dividing her time between long-term documentary projects and commercial work, she is regularly commissioned by the weekly and monthly press including The Guardian Weekend Magazine, Intelligent Life, New Statesman, Monocle magazine, FT Magazine, Le Monde Magazine as well as humanitarian organisations and cultural institutions such as the UNICEF and the European Commission. She also collaborates with social scientists in academic projects, using photography as a tool within sociological and cultural research.