Like many photographic artists who have emerged from the 70's and 80's, Dan Powell uses photography to question what is real rather than record it. In his most recent work Powell makes constructions of paper, spray paint, string, handmade marks, nails etc. Which he then photographs. Throughout his work he creates elaborate sets of symbols and meanings that are without decipherable language, yet are compiled from bits and pieces of commonly understood languages.
Powell received an NEA photographers fellowship in 1981. He has exhibited his work extensively including San Francisco Camerawork, the Robert Samuel Gallery and Light Gallery in New York City.