As a creative and humanitarian, Daniel's passion for photography and visual media has been informed by his family's history of oppression and forced displacement in the Middle East and was solidified through his educational pursuits in history focusing on visual representations of human struggle during conflict, peacemaking and forced migration. Through more than five years of photography and digital marketing experience, Daniel possesses expertise in commercial and freelance photography within an extensive network of corporate, non-profit, and independent clients, and specializes in digital and social media branding. In his own projects, Daniel's work places a specific emphasis on the power of visual storytelling and empowerment with works that invite conversation and action, and empower others to engage in visual storytelling.
Daniel is also the Director and Head Photographer of our UNexposed photography program, which aims to empower refugees from all backgrounds and genders through creative expression via photography.
See Daniel's work at www.danielberberi.com
When was a time you needed assistance with something that seemed unmentionable at the time? A situation that you would not have been able to get through without tangible support?
During my senior year of high school, I was diagnosed with severe Major Depressive Disorder following several attempts to take my own life. Depression was something I had struggled with for many years, going as far back as I can remember, but it had never been diagnosed or brought any attention because it was something I never wanted to talk about. I was too scared to say anything to my friends or family, though I'm not quite sure what I thought would happen if I did say something. It wasn't until I started crying out for help in other ways - until it was almost too late - that I got the help I needed. Through the support system of a couple extraordinary friends and of my parents, I got professional help and was able to get back on track with my life. Even though it's something I'll struggle with for the rest of my life, knowing now that I have a support system has made all the difference in how I manage it and is the only reason I'm still here today.