Whereas Daniele had a solid education in cultural assets (Graduate Course in Parma and Master in Università Cattolica Milano), the evolution towards photography occurred in a second phase with an exponential progression after the completion of his academic studies. His career as photographer actually lasted slightly more than 8 years. He started at 31 years old and it ran out when he was 38 years old with the deterioration of his physical state
He initially wished to become a fashion photographer, but most probably lacked the necessary self confidence. Shyness and limitations in communication ability have been constantly present during his short life.
Daniele developed a strong sensibility towards the African culture (initially he was attracted by Cuba and by the Caribbean community in London than Congo, Benin, Senegal, South Africa, Botsawana, Kenia were his main destinations during the years of professional maturity).
When relating to individuals he was photographing, Daniele was not assertive and he was always respectful. As a matter of fact, he assumed a “non western” attitude and was entering in strong empathy with his subjects. According to many of his friends, Daniele was thinking like an African, being one of “them”. He was sharing spaces and objects, living in their houses and avoiding the isolation of the air-conditioned hotels.
He put under the spotlights social groups promoting dialog, respect, dignity, identity and creativity through the “art of dressing up” in social contests made of daily poverty and complexity .The common denominator of these communities (“fashion tribes”) is not only the clothing (fabric-style) but the strong link with the values and attitudes of the individuals wearing it.
He received few assignments. Most of his works derived from his determination and ability to create travelling opportunities. He received only 4 important orders ( Terna in Bolivia, Luxottica in India, Ecopneus Italia and Kenia).
As many young photographers, the economical challenge was constant, regardless of the prizes received and the substantial sales of the different editions of Gentlemen of Bacongo (over 20.000 copies summing Trolley Books and Sengeisha).
Even if he drew the attention of international stars such as Paul Smith, who wrote the introduction to Gentlemen of Bacongo and used the famous image of the Pink Sapeur in one of his collections; or Solange Knowles who developed with Daniele the launch of one of her records or Tini Tempa who was fascinated by his style or Stella Jean when the fashion designer took inspiration from the Cholitas for her 2017 collection, with whom Daniele collaborated regardless of his deteriorating health . The numerous editorial successes and prizes where very rarely followed by editorial assignments.