Dan Winters is an American photographer. He was born in Ventura County, CA on October 21, 1962. He first studied photography and the darkroom process starting in 1971 while a member of his local 4H club. In 1979, while still a high school senior, he began working full time in the motion picture special effects industry in the area of miniature construction and design. He went on to study photography at Moorpark College, in California. After receiving an associates arts degree there, he entered the documentary studies program at Ludwig Maximillian University in Munich, Germany, focusing mainly on narrative photojournalism.
In 1986, he began his career in photography as a photojournalist in his home town in Ventura County, California at the Thousand Oaks News Chronicle. After winning several local awards for his work, he moved to New York City, where magazine assignments came rapidly. In 1991, he moved to Los Angeles and married Kathryn Fouts, who became his photo rep and studio manager. In 1993, his son Dylan was born in Los Angeles, CA. In 2000, while maintaining a home in LA, he moved to Austin, TX. There he set up a studio outside Austin in a historic building built in 1903, that had originally served as a general store, gas station and post office for nearly 100 years before he arrived.
Known for the broad range of subject matter he is able to interpret, he is widely recognized for his iconic celebrity portraiture, his scientific photography and his photojournalistic stories. He has created portraits of luminaries such as Bono, Neil Young, Tupac Shakur, the Dalai Lama, Stephen Hawking, Leo DiCaprio, Helen Mirren, Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt, Steven Spielberg, Al Gore and Barack Obama.