Danielle Jackson is passionate about ideas, culture and community. She is the co­-founder of the Bronx Documentary Center (BDC), an internationally­-recognized gallery and educational space that uses photojournalism and documentary film to create conversation on social change. Formerly, she ran the cultural department at Magnum Photos NY where she coordinated a range of exhibitions, lectures, and screenings for museums, universities, and photo festivals in more than a dozen countries. Her projects have been covered in The New York TimesTime Out New York,  Wall Street Journal, NPR, The Washington Post, and numerous international and trade publications. She is a graduate of New York University and holds a BFA in Film and Television and MA in Africana Studies.

At the Bronx Documentary Center she was instrumental to developing the organization’s vision, infrastructure, approach to community-based work. In its first three years she oversaw operations, development, marketing, and secured over $450K in support from the Ford Foundation, NYSCA, NEA, Leonian Foundation, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Kickstarter and corporate sponsors and individual donors. She also organized exhibitions and film screenings, and panel discussions with a notables including Sam Pollard, Albert Maysles, Nina Berman, Gary Knight, Peter Maass, Grace Lee, POV, and the "Central Park Five." 

At Magnum Photos, she coordinated a number of high-profile exhibitions including Josef Koudelka's Invasion 68: Prague, Rene Burri’s retrospective, Un Mundo, and Access to Life, which helped raise billions for free antiretroviral treatment.

Danielle has taught for Stanford University, Museum of Modern Art, and New York University. She has served on grant panels for the Department of Cultural Affairs and Brooklyn Arts Council, and has reviewed portfolios for the New York Times, Aperture, ASMP and Powerhouse.

In her spare time she is working on essays on urbanism and visual culture. Her observations can be seen on Medium and on Twitter at @makerthinker.


2015: Interlocutor, Opening Session, Arts in a Changing America launch event, Ford Foundation, New York, NY

2015: Moderator, "1040 Lounge: Art in the Bronx", Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY

2015: Moderator, "The American Dream: Documenting Economic Inequality in America", Photoville, Brooklyn, NY

2015: Moderator, "Telling Stories Differently: Activism and Engagement in the Age of New Media", International Center of Photography

2015: Moderator, Community Conversation with Albert Maysles, Bronx Documentary Center

2015: Moderator, Community Conversation with Grace Lee, Bronx Documentary Center

2014: “The Double Bottom Line: Bronx Documentary Center’s Kickstarter Success”Next Generation Art Spaces Convening Ford Foundation and DeVos Institute of Arts Management, Miami, FL

2014: Panelist, “How to Run a Successful Kickstarter Campaign”, Emerging Leaders of New York Arts, Brooklyn, NY

2012: Moderator, Post-film discussion with Sam Pollard, Bronx Documentary Center

2010: Panelist, “Magnum Photos and the Creation of Access to Life”, Access to Life Panel Discussion, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Tokyo, Japan

2009: “Developing Photography Projects”, Southeast Museum for Photography, Daytona Beach, FL

2008: Panelist, “From News to Art: When Photojournalism Becomes Art”, Public program related to “Double Blind: Lebanon Conflict 2006”, Fovea Exhibitions, Beacon, NY 

2008: “Beyond Race: Black People and the Multicultural Idea in Contemporary Magazine Culture”, (Post) Modern Blackness, Theorizing Blackness Conference, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY

2006: Panelist, “Independent Public Offerings: Zoe Strauss” Public program related to “Day for Night” Biennial Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY


2015: Lecturer, Off the iPhone and Into the World, (10-week course) Stanford in New York

2011-2014: Guided classroom exhibition tours, Bronx Documentary Center

2012: Educator, Museum of Modern Art, New York, "New Terrains: Photography and Interdisciplinary Practice"

2005: Teaching Assistant, International Center of Photography, New York, “Portable Digital Darkroom,” at Friends of Island Academy; Lacy Austin

2003 and 2004: Teaching Assistant, Tisch School of the Arts, Havana, Cuba, “On Location: Photography in Havana,” Joanne Savio

2004: Graduate Assistant, New York University, New York,  “Introduction to Black Urban Studies,” Professor Robin D.G. Kelley 


2014: Nominator, Infinity Awards, International Center of Photography

2014: Juror, Sugar Hill Children’s Museum Artist Residency

2014: Reviewer, New York Times Portfolio Review

2014: Juror, New Works Photography Fellowship Awards

2012: CDF Grant Panelist, New York City Dept. of Cultural Affairs

2011: Reviewer, Aperture Portfolio Review, reGeneration 2