Daniel Sackheim

UNITED STATES. Daniel Sackheim’s series “UNSEEN” has been selected as one of the winners in the 2023 Eyeshot Open Call series category.

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Daniel Sackheim


“There are no beautiful surfaces without a terrible depth.” – Friedrich Nietzsche.

As a child, I suffered a paralyzing fear of the dark. So terrified was I of the imagined creatures hiding under the bed, or lurking within the dark recesses of my closet, that I would often drift off to sleep with a flashlight clutched in my hand.

The irony is not lost on me that my current artistic preoccupations take me deep into seedy back alleys and labyrinths of sketchy downtown streets, illuminated by flickering streetlights that barely penetrate the darkness of an often foreboding and claustrophobic urban jungle.

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Lost in the Noir

UNSEEN explores one facet of life in a city known as the birthplace of Film Noir. Despite my unease, my curiosity and inquisitiveness are rooted in a need to discover the secrets that lie hidden deep within even the most forbidding corners of the city. To excavate the past, to stare into the faces of ghosts long forgotten.

Inspired by the visual esthetic of Film Noir, this series explores isolated fragments of subjects once there but now gone, as a means of shining a light on what is hidden, if only for an instant.

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Open Call Eyeshot 2023

Eyeshot Magazine #11 | Open Call 23 Edition

The 11th issue of Eyeshot Magazine is an eco-sustainable, limited edition work of art, printed in Italy on premium paper. Our dedicated team of 4 invested 3,000 hours to successfully conclude the 2023 Open Call. This year’s theme, “The Human Being,” explores diverse human experiences through photography. With an impressive 15,000 submissions from over 100 countries, the issue showcases a global perspective on street and documentary photography.

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The Photographer

Daniel Sackheim is a Film and Television Director, living and working in Los Angeles, California.

He has been working on the series UNSEEN for the past six years. UNSEEN is a Film Noir inspired portrait of a city considered the birthplace of that genre. The series explores one of America’s most enigmatic urban jungles to excavate the past, and stare into the faces of ghosts long forgotten.

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Eyeshot Open Call 2023: A Global Stage for Emerging and Established Photographers

The road to this moment has been a compelling journey of dedication and effort. Our tight-knit, passionate team of four has poured over 3,000 hours into realizing Eyeshot Open Call 2023, laboring tirelessly seven days a week. This year’s theme, “The Human Being,” has offered us a lens to explore the complexity and diversity of human experiences. From the dynamic pulse of cityscapes to the serene moments in rural life; from unguarded moments to intricate human narratives, the competition has received an astonishing 15,000 entries from more than 100 countries. The resulting body of work has been nothing short of a testament to the depth of creativity and passion that exists in the world of photography.

Guiding us through the meticulous selection process was a panel of highly-regarded jurors, a constellation of experts and luminaries in the field: Trent Parke, F. Dilek Yurdakul, Mark Abramson, Isadora Kosofsky, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Kitra Cahana, Richard Koci Hernandez, Narelle Autio, Emin Özmen, and our very own Marco Savarese, the visionary behind Eyeshot.