Daniel Hayduk

William (Bill) Cunningham, a street-newspaper vendor in Edmonton, Alberta, November 2008.
Daniel Hayduk first met Bill in 2005 while looking for a photo story subject for a college course he was taking. Struggling with a badly infected foot and unable to hold down a job, Bill was living in a homeless shelter and selling copies of a street newspaper to make ends meet.
Daniel completed the assignment, with the photo story appearing as a double-truck photo-spread in the Edmonton Sun. The morning it was published, a friend called him to say that they’d just watched a woman in a coffee shop burst into tears while looking at it.
That afternoon, Daniel met up with a bewildered-looking Bill at his favourite corner, selling copies of the street newspaper. “Someone just gave me $50. They didn’t even want a copy of the paper. It’s been like this all day,” he told Daniel.
“It was because of Bill that I first came to realize the powerful way in which photography can reach out and impact the viewer emotionally,” says Daniel.

Daniel Hayduk is a freelance photojournalist based in Togo, West Africa. A firm believer in the power  of visual storytelling, he enjoys working with aid and development organizations. You may have also seen his photo essays in The Guardian, Le Monde or The BBC.
Before relocating to West Africa in 2011, Daniel worked for an online news source in Kelowna, British Columbia.