Throughout his career Dan has pursued long-term projects centered on individuals or groups that exist on the cusp of mainstream American culture: The Hell’s Angels; the mentally and physically challenged; demolition derby participants; and rural family farmers. The latter group was the subject of Dan’s book, “Till the Cows Come Home: County Fair Portraits,” published by Kehrer Verlag.
Many of these photographic projects have been exhibited and/or published extensively in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Most recently a portrait from Dan’s ongoing project, “HeadStrong: The Women of Rural Uganda,” is on display at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in conjunction with their Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition.
Several museums and private collections hold Dan Nelken’s photographs, including The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, The Portland Art Museum and the International Center of Photography. (See CV on website).