Danny J. Sanchez is a Los Angeles-based photographer and gemologist. He’s a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, California and is self-taught in the art of photomicrography.
Initially inspired by the Photoatlas of Inclusions in Gemstones by Eduard Gübelin and John Koivula, Danny’s images are painstakingly created, leveraging his gemological knowledge through meticulously-tuned photography tools.
Danny’s work focuses on detailing the imperceptible inclusions and characteristics of gemstones. His creations expose viewers to otherworldly spaces — mountainous horizons hidden in quartz, rutile embedded in sapphire and biotite floating within blue topaz — each image conceiving a seemingly endless journey into the cosmos of the infinitesimal.
His work is intentionally foreign to the eye, subverting scale, depth, and composition, allowing the observer to get lost in their own intimate interpretation.
Danny’s work has been seen in various publications online including Wired, New Scientist and Gizmodo. Most recently he exhibited his art at the 3154 Collective art exhibition during Art Basel Miami to considerable acclaim. In 2015 Danny will exhibit his work in Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Brussels. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Selected Features
2014.11.28 - Feature Shoot
2014.08.01 - Gizmodo
2014.07.31 - INFO (Brazil)
2014.07.30 - Petapixel
2014.07.01 - New Scientist, print & web
2014.06.23 - Andrew Sullivan's The Dish
2014.06.13 - Wired.com Raw File
2014.06.06 - Gemgossip.com's You Need to Know
2014.01.05 - Mindat.org's Photo of the Day