Daniel Kariko uses photography to reveal how politics and culture shape natural ecosystems, use of land, and the built environment. A Professor of Fine Art Photography at East Carolina University, he grew up in the former Yugoslavia and studied mechanical engineering before moving to the United States. His book Aliens Among Us: Extraordinary Portraits of Ordinary Bugs was published by W. W. Norton & Company in 2020.
Kariko holds an MFA from Arizona State University. His work has appeared in numerous publications and has been exhibited widely in museums, galleries, and festivals, including Noorderlicht Photofestival, The Netherlands; Yixian International Photography Festival, China; Manchester Science Festival, UK; Rewak Gallery, United Arab Emirates; Royal Albert Hall, London; Communication Arts, CNN Photos, National Geographic—Proof, Wired, and Discover Magazine.