The Vision of Hawk

For the past thirty-five years, explorer and international documentary photographer Daryl Hawk has traveled alone to some of the most remote places in the world telling stories with his camera. Places where time stands still and powerful nature and solitude reigns supreme. Hawk spends weeks at a time documenting and immersing himself in different cultures and landscapes. He is a passionate defender of the world’s remaining wilderness areas and uses his photography to shine a light on why we need to protect them. Also, one of his main goals with his documentaries is to show the universality of all people from all countries world-wide.

His articles and images often appear in magazines and newspapers worldwide. He has also been featured several times on NBC’s Today Show and FOX 5 television. He is a member of the Explorers Club, founded in New York City in 1904 promoting the exploration of land, sea, air and space. He is also a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the Appalacian Mountain Club and a member of the Professional Photographers Association. He has given hundreds of lectures to organizations like the Explorers Club, Appalachian Mountain Club, Harvard Travelers Club, and universities across the country.

He is the owner of “Unconventional Travelers”, a small personalized tour company that focuses on inspiring travelers to see the world in a new way by experiencing first hand other cultures and lifestyles. 

Additionally, Hawk has published five books. The first, “Distant Journeys”, consists of his favorite 250 color photographs and poems taken from some of the most remote places around the world. The second book entitled “Quiet Moments” is a compilation of 120 black and white nature, nautical, New York City, and miscellaneous travel images. His third book entitled “White Pond” combines both his photography as well as his poetry. This book is a tribute to a small lake in southern New Hampshire where he has spent his entire life enjoying solitude and nature. His fourth book “Manhattan” is an in-depth documentary spanning every area in the city that he has spent so much of his life wandering around and always inspired by the endless photographic possibilities. His most recent book “Into the Heart of Cuba” is a two volume 500 page book from his circumnavigation around Cuba in 2016 and 3 additional trips between 2017-2019.

He is the former producer and host of the Cablevision television show “The Unconventional Traveler” which featured some of the world’s leading explorers, travel photographers and filmmakers sharing their work from various expeditions and documentaries. He produced over 100 shows over a 10 year period. Some of his guests have included Buzz Aldrin, Jane Goodall, Reinhold Messner, George Schaller and Jimmy Chin. He also had the distinction of interviewing the Prime Minister of Bhutan and the King of Ladakh on his expeditions to both Bhutan and Kashmir in northern India.

Buzz Aldrin and Daryl Hawk
Jimmy Chin with Daryl Hawk.

In 2004 Hawk had the unique distinction of carrying the historic Explorers Club flag across the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan (“Bhutan West to East Traverse”, flag #73). A guest of the Royal family, he was hired to produce and host an in-depth documentary for both American and Bhutanese television as well as international magazines. An Explorers Club flag expedition must further the cause of exploration and field science.

Daryl’s fine art photography is represented by the Rugh Gallery in Lancaster New Hampshire and the Wren Gallery in Bethlehem, New York.