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Soyeon Yi for Cosmopolitan.com | Seattle editorial photographer

One of my last and favorite shoots of 2015 was to photograph Korea’s first female astronaut, Soyeon Yi, for Cosmopolitan.com. Yi made headlines in 2008 as she conducted research for 10 days at the International Space Station. Today she volunteers at The Museum of Flight here in Seattle. Big thanks to Soyeon for her time, my assistant Kyu Han for wheeling lights around, and The Museum of Flight for their gracious accommodation!

Soyeon Yi made headlines in 2008 as Korea's first astronaut, where she conducted research for 10 days at the International Space Station. Today, she volunteers at The Museum of Flight Charles Simonyi Space Gallery and lives southeast of Seattle in an area she says reminds her of the farmland on which she grew up. Photo by Daniel Berman for Cosmopolitan.com

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for Welt am Sontag | Seattle editorial photographer

I have only photographed a few people more than once for a portrait so the chance to point my camera toward the CEO of Amazon again for a few minutes made for a pretty surreal morning earlier this month. Jeff Bezos convincingly pretended to remember me as we worked through a few setups and I asked him if Donald Trump ever replied to his tweet offering a rocket ship ride (he hasn’t) and he let out of one of his trademark chuckles. He takes direction well and laughed at my dumb jokes. Perfect subject. Before I knew it, an assistant was calling time and he thanked me and walked out. One of those mornings that are way too early and over way too quickly. Photographed for Welt am Sonntag, a German newspaper http://welt.de  Big thanks to my assistant @jovellephoto too for her help. This is one of my last tear sheets of the year and it was an awesome time.

Odesza for Seattle Weekly cover | Seattle editorial photographer

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Odesza in Seattle. Now completing world and national tours, the electronic duo (Clayton Knight and Harrison Mills) got their start in 2012 at Western Washington University as undergrads. Photo by Daniel Berman.

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Odesza in Seattle. Now completing world and national tours, the electronic duo (Clayton Knight and Harrison Mills) got their start in 2012 at Western Washington University as undergrads. Photo by Daniel Berman.

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Odesza in Seattle. Now completing world and national tours, the electronic duo (Clayton Knight and Harrison Mills) got their start in 2012 at Western Washington University as undergrads. Photo by Daniel Berman.

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Odesza in Seattle. Now completing world and national tours, the electronic duo (Clayton Knight and Harrison Mills) got their start in 2012 at Western Washington University as undergrads. Photo by Daniel Berman.

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Odesza in Seattle. Now completing world and national tours, the electronic duo (Clayton Knight and Harrison Mills) got their start in 2012 at Western Washington University as undergrads. Photo by Daniel Berman.

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Odesza in Seattle. Now completing world and national tours, the electronic duo (Clayton Knight and Harrison Mills) got their start in 2012 at Western Washington University as undergrads. Photo by Daniel Berman.

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The electronic music duo Odesza is embarking on their second world tour after playing one of their first shows in a small college town just three years ago — their meteoric rise is profiled in a cool cover story from Seattle Weekly that I got to shoot a few months ago but is out this week. Clayton Knight and Harrison Mills graduated from Western Washington University around the same time that I did, so we had a lot to chat about and it was a fun shoot to do in downtown Seattle. These guys were super nice and very generous with their time, and the photos turned out great. Give their music a listen — jam out — and enjoy the rest of your week!

Punk Band The Wimps for Seattle Weekly | Seattle editorial photographer

Punk band The Wimps enjoy a spa day in their usual Seattle surroundings. Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly. Styling by Tristan Weholt. L-R: Matt, Rachel, Dave

Seattle Weekly’s art director Jose Trujillo commissioned me for an awesome piece in the paper’s Best Of Issue that would send up the idea of The Wimps, which won Best Punk Band, as this exclusive, uptight group barely making room in their day for the story. As luck would have it, Matt, Rachel and Dave are actually nice people and were game for the idea: Jose wanted to have the band enjoying a spa day somewhere kind of dirty — could it be in an alleyway? I scouted a few hours looking for the right sketchy/usable spot. I checked out parking lots and back streets in Capitol Hill, SoDo, Georgetown, Pioneer Square, the ID and Ballard. With hours to the call time I managed to spot a perfectly questionable, graffiti-covered sidewalk with an absurd amount of garbage strewn about. I did a slow roll. There were boxes of beer upturned, bottles everywhere, and someone had gotten ahold of some chalk. I liked the spot immediately and wondered who would litter like that, then parked the car and waited for the team to assemble. Under some nice intense sunlight and with the help of Seattle stylist Tristan Weholt who sourced and staged everything else (and made a plate of guitar-shaped tea sandwiches and refreshing fruit-infused water to boot), plus the help of good friend Matt McKnight assisting, we got to work transforming this SoDo backlot into our makeshift alley spa.

Punk band The Wimps enjoy a spa day in their usual Seattle surroundings. Photo by Daniel Berman for Seattle Weekly. Styling by Tristan Weholt. L-R: Matt, Rachel, Dave

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Recreational marijuana edibles for The New York Times | Seattle editorial photographer

Earlier this month I had a great assignment to photograph marijuana edibles for The New York Times, which wanted to showcase some of the more unusual and interesting pot products on the market. I collaborated with my regular food stylist, Malina Lopez, to capture the character of these special almonds, cookies, teas and coffee pods. The treats are available to purchase at many Washington state recreational marijuana stores. But you got to be 21. A view of various marijuana edibles for sale at recreational marijuana retail stores in the Seattle area. Credit: Daniel Berman for The New York Times. Styling by Malina Lopez.

Daniel Berman Edible 2 — Seattle, Wash. — May 16, 2015: A view of various marijuana edibles for sale at recreational marijuana retail stores in the Seattle area. Credit: Daniel Berman for The New York Times. Styling by Malina Lopez.

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Products photographed: Marijuana-infused Legal pomegranate tonic by Mirth Provisions, Sativa Brownie Bites by Spot, Chili-lime Almonds by Winterlife Cannabis, 4.20 Bar by Evergreen Herbal, Coffee pods by Fairwinds Manufacturing, Platy’s Premium Peanut Butter Cookie by Winterlife Cannabis, Original Caramel by Cannamel’s, Vegan-friendly Mocha Truffle by Verdelux, Chai High Tea by Evergreen Herbal, and Lemongrass Zootdrops by Zoots. Photo by Daniel Berman for The New York Times. Styling by Malina Lopez.

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Daniel

Northwest Justice Project Attorney David Tarshes for Duke Law Magazine | Seattle editorial photographer

Attorney David Tarshes with the Foreclosure Consequences Advocacy Team of the Northwest Justice Project, photographed Feb. 2, 2015 at their offices in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood. Photo by Daniel Berman for Duke Law Magazine.

Attorney David Tarshes with the Foreclosure Consequences Advocacy Team of the Northwest Justice Project, photographed Feb. 2, 2015 at their offices in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. Photo by Daniel Berman for Duke Law Magazine.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon for Seattle Weekly | Seattle editorial photographer

I had a great assignment from Seattle Weekly earlier this month to photograph Cary Moon, an activist and urban designer who opposes continued development of the Bertha tunnel project. For those not living in Seattle, the waterfront highway a.k.a the Highway 99 Viaduct, is being torn down and replaced with a tunnel. The project has been plagued with problems and delays, some technical, some bureaucratic — all expensive. Check out the story for a much more thorough peek into why this divisive issue matters so much. We battled the wind on top of Pier 86 in downtown for a view of the skyline and then moved to under the viaduct for another view of the city.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

Bertha tunnel project activist Cary Moon. Photographed for Seattle Weekly.

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Daniel

Harry Partch instruments for KUOW | Seattle editorial photographer

It’s not every day that you get to see and hear a piece of history. Make that pieces. I got an assignment last week from KUOW to photograph Charles Corey, the 30-year-old caretaker of the Harry Partch instruments collection at the University of Washington School of Music. In a fun story by Marcie Sillman you can actually hear the renowned, intricate instruments. Partch created the instruments between the 1940s and 1970s, and they are based on the Just Intonation scale, not anything like what we are used to hearing from traditional instruments. You can find some really intense theatrical productions of Partch’s arrangements on Youtube too that help put his life’s work in context. He wasn’t just a composer and musician, he was also a playwright and auteur.

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. Corey demonstrates the Adapted Viola. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. Corey demonstrates the Adapted Viola. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. Corey demonstrates the Chromelodeon, created in 1941. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. Corey demonstrates the Chromelodeon, created in 1941. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. A view of the Cloud Chamber Bowls, created in 1950. The bowls are the sawed-off bottoms of large glass bottles made by Pyrex, and produce different tons when tapped on the top or bottom or scraped along the side. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. A view of the Cloud Chamber Bowls, created in 1950. The bowls are the sawed-off bottoms of large glass bottles made by Pyrex, and produce different tons when tapped on the top or bottom or scraped along the side. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. Corey demonstrates Bass Marimba, which requires standing on a large bench to reach playing height. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. Corey demonstrates Bass Marimba, which requires standing on a large bench to reach playing height. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. Corey demonstrates the Kithara II, created in 1954 by Partch. Glass tubes are moved up and down on the sides to create varying pressure and different tonality. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. Corey demonstrates the Kithara II, created in 1954 by Partch. Glass tubes are moved up and down on the sides to create varying pressure and different tonality. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. "I've been doing this almost 13 years now," Corey said. The instruments were created between the 1940s and 1960s by the American composer Partch. The instruments are renowned for their complex and unique sound structure abilities based on the Just Intonation scale, which was designed to more naturally imitate human voice pitch. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. “I’ve been doing this almost 13 years now,” Corey said. The instruments were created between the 1940s and 1960s by the American composer Partch. The instruments are renowned for their complex and unique sound structure abilities based on the Just Intonation scale, which was designed to more naturally imitate human voice pitch. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Alison Holcomb & Gregg Holcomb cover for Seattle Weekly | Seattle editorial photographer

Alison Holcomb & Gregg Holcomb cover for Seattle Weekly  | Seattle photographer Daniel Berman

Alison Holcomb & Gregg Holcomb cover for Seattle Weekly | Seattle photographer Daniel Berman

Alison Holcomb & Gregg Holcomb cover for Seattle Weekly  | Seattle photographer Daniel Berman

Alison Holcomb & Gregg Holcomb cover for Seattle Weekly | Seattle photographer Daniel Berman

Alison Holcomb & Gregg Holcomb for Seattle Weekly  | Seattle photographer Daniel Berman

Alison Holcomb & Gregg Holcomb for Seattle Weekly | Seattle photographer Daniel Berman

My first assignment for Seattle Weekly was this cover shoot for a sensitive story about Alison Holcomb and Gregg Holcomb’s unique histories. Alison was the writer and public face of Initiative 502, which legalized recreational marijuana in 2012 here in Washington. Her husband Gregg is the owner of the Capitol Hill bar Witness. Her story as a drug law reformer and activist for criminal sentencing reform intertwine with her husband’s tragic reality. His father was murdered. He is alone among his siblings in calling for rehabilitation for the murderer, and not a life sentence. There is so much more to this powerful story by Nina Shapiro, please give it a read.

Coffee culture in Seattle for Koffietcacao Magazine | Seattle editorial photographer

City Trip Coffee Culture story in Seattle photographed on assignment for KoffieTCacao Magazine in the Netherlands.

City Trip Coffee Culture story in Seattle photographed on assignment for KoffieTCacao Magazine in the Netherlands.

City Trip Coffee Culture story in Seattle photographed on assignment for KoffieTCacao Magazine in the Netherlands.

City Trip Coffee Culture story in Seattle photographed on assignment for KoffieTCacao Magazine in the Netherlands.

City Trip Coffee Culture story in Seattle photographed on assignment for KoffieTCacao Magazine in the Netherlands.

City Trip Coffee Culture story in Seattle photographed on assignment for KoffieTCacao Magazine in the Netherlands.

City Trip Coffee Culture story in Seattle photographed on assignment for KoffieTCacao Magazine in the Netherlands.

City Trip Coffee Culture story in Seattle photographed on assignment for KoffieTCacao Magazine in the Netherlands.

I had a great opportunity earlier this Fall to shoot a story on Seattle’s coffee and chocolate culture for a Dutch travel/coffee/chocolate magazine called Koffietcacao. Over two long days, I had a blast exploring some of the city’s favorite shops, while also gathering images that spoke to the lifestyle in our city and captured a few scenic sights along the way. My mind raced after each day, it was impossible not to sample coffee at nearly every place I went. Have you ever had six cups of coffee in a day? I did it for….journalism. All in all, the publication ran my photos across six pages and even gave me a doubletruck opener! What more can a photographer ask for than a great assignment and great play?

Milstead Coffee in Fremont, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Milstead Coffee in Fremont, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Patrons relax inside and out at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

A cupping tasting session is hosted weekly at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

A cupping tasting session is hosted weekly at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Checking the color and scent of roasting beans at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Checking the color and scent of roasting beans at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

A cupping tasting session is hosted weekly at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

A cupping tasting session is hosted weekly at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

A cupping tasting session is hosted weekly at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

A cupping tasting session is hosted weekly at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Capitol Hill, Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Tourists gather near one of Seattle's first Starbucks location across from Pike Place Market.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Tourists gather near one of Seattle’s first Starbucks location across from Pike Place Market. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Espresso Vivace Manager Kasey Frix prepares a beverage for a patron October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www,bermanphotos.com

Espresso Vivace Manager Kasey Frix prepares a beverage for a patron October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www,bermanphotos.com

Espresso Vivace Manager Kasey Frix prepares a beverage for a patron October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www,bermanphotos.com

Espresso Vivace Manager Kasey Frix prepares a beverage for a patron October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www,bermanphotos.com

The Olive Way Starbucks in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood is among the nation's first to serve wine along with the usual coffee and treats.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

The Olive Way Starbucks in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood is among the nation’s first to serve wine along with the usual coffee and treats. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

In the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Café Presse Assistant Manager Hannah Schwartz prepares a beverage for a patron October 9, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

In the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Café Presse Assistant Manager Hannah Schwartz prepares a beverage for a patron October 9, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Theo Chocolate in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle offers guided tours of the company's factory, which produces well-renowned chocolate in exotic flavors such as Dark Chocolate and Spicy Chili Pepper.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Theo Chocolate in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle offers guided tours of the company’s factory, which produces well-renowned chocolate in exotic flavors such as Dark Chocolate and Spicy Chili Pepper. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Theo Chocolate in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle offers guided tours of the company's factory, which produces well-renowned chocolate in exotic flavors such as Dark Chocolate and Spicy Chili Pepper.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Theo Chocolate in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle offers guided tours of the company’s factory, which produces well-renowned chocolate in exotic flavors such as Dark Chocolate and Spicy Chili Pepper. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Milstead Coffee in Fremont is situated alongside a popular cycling route, the Burke-Gilman trail in Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Milstead Coffee in Fremont is situated alongside a popular cycling route, the Burke-Gilman trail in Seattle, October 8, 2014. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

The Olive Way Starbucks in Seattle is among the nation's first to serve wine along with the usual coffee and treats.  Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

The Olive Way Starbucks in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood is among the nation’s first to serve wine along with the usual coffee and treats. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Chocolopolis in Seattle is a renowned chocolate shop in the Queen Anne neighborhood, crafting dozens of colorful, tasty chocolate morsels with exotic flavors.

Chocolopolis in Seattle is a renowned chocolate shop in the Queen Anne neighborhood, crafting dozens of colorful, tasty chocolate morsels with exotic flavors.

Joe Bar in Capitol Hill in Seattle is a quiet respite from the bustling neighborhood. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Joe Bar in Capitol Hill in Seattle is a quiet respite from the bustling neighborhood. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

A Starbucks located on the 40th floor of Columbia Tower, the tallest skyscraper in Seattle, offers commanding views of downtown at no cost.

A Starbucks located on the 40th floor of Columbia Tower, the tallest skyscraper in Seattle, offers commanding views of downtown at no cost.

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Daniel

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