Inspired by his experience as a first-generation Afghan American, Daniel’s work celebrates underrepresented communities.View Documentary
As a photographer, Daniel specializes in documentary and commercial work. He has shot commissioned projects for Nike, Vogue, Taschen, Spotify, FUJIFILM, and Porsche featuring celebrities like Drake, Marshmello, Will Ferrell, and Snoop Dogg. His projects have received an International Photography Award twice.View Commercial
Drake for Amazon Studios
Lil Yachty for Taschen
Tierra Whack for Canada Goose x UNION
Kash Doll for Taschen
Trippie Redd for Spotify
Kane Brown for Sony Music
Tyga for Capitol Records
Shawn Mendes for Spotify
As a filmmaker, he’s directed commercials for Mercedes-Benz, FUJIFILM, Adidas, PUMA and Sony and produced a feature length documentary for Amazon Prime Video. His projects have received ADDY awards, an MTV VMA nomination and a Tribeca Film Festival selection.View Films
More Than Music - Documentary for YouTube Music (Director)
Moving Forward - Oscars Short Film for Mercedes-Benz (Director, Writer)
Creative Escape - Commercial for Sony (Director)
Factory of Dreams - Documentary for FUJIFILM (Director, DP)
Rise Nitro - Commercial for PUMA (Director)
Mixed Emotions - Commercial for FUJIFILM (Director)
Magnus Walker - Commercial for Porsche (Director, DP)
Daniel Malikyar (b. 1995, Los Angeles, CA) is a photographer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles.
In 2015, he was selected as the youngest official FUJIFILM X-Photographer in the world. He has represented the brand internationally through exhibitions, speaking events, and commercial campaigns. Shortly after, Malikyar became the Creative Director for multi-platinum artist, Marshmello. He directed the creative strategy and production of the artists visual content for 4 years. During that time, Marshmello’s YouTube subscribers grew from 25k to 45 million, making him one of the top 3 most followed artists on the platform in only 4 years.
In 2017, he co-founded production company and creative agency, MGX CREATIVE, where his branded projects have received over 5 billion online views. MGX has also produced feature documentaries for Amazon Prime Video and YouTube Originals.
In 2020, Malikyar co-founded fine art gallery, Santo, where he has released original fine art print collaborations with Mercedes-Benz and prolific Porsche collector, Magnus Walker. Santo represents a select roster of photographers and has collectors in over 25 countries.
In 2022, Malikyar was commissioned by Taschen for their book, Ice Cold: A Hip Hop Jewelry History, and his images were exhibited at the Armory Show in New York. He also produced the feature documentary, Untrapped: The Story of Lil Baby which premiered at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival and was acquired by Amazon Studios.
Most recently, Malikyar completed principal production on his next two documentary films in Cuba and South Sudan which will premiere in 2024.
His work has been seen in magazines, television, and billboards around the world with features in Vogue, The NY Times, ABC, and Hypebeast.View Press
Times Square Jumbotron Feature
Times Square SuperSign Feature
Footlocker Billboard Campaign
Robb Report Feature
Daniel’s clients are industry leaders across popular culture.