The son of a lively Italian and Irish family, filmaker, photographer, and writer Damian P. Hanley was born in Cherry Hill, NJ. He studied at Loyola University of New Orleans, and found the city’s unique characters a catalyst for the artistic combination of technical study and storytelling that developed as hallmarks of his work.
Damian’s true skill is capturing the essence of real people’s lives in the media he’s made his passion. He has contributed to several publications and non-profit organizations as a staff, freelance, and contract photographer and writer since 2002.
Over the course of his career, Damian has contributed as a photographer to some 100 biopic interviews, films and articles, as well as to a number of personal “media time capsules” he’s developed to preserve the stories of people’s life experiences. His stories have included “The South Side, of Jamaica,” A Spice Journey Through India,” “The Real Cost of Education in the Jungle,” and “The Women that Will Lead Tomorrow.” He has also helped publish several biographical and documentary pieces, and has worked on production teams in Panama, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and India.
Producing studio quality films to share the story of folks ranging from FBI agents to third-world refugees has taught Damian one thing above all: Every person’s story matters, and the fabric of our world is knit more tightly than we imagine. This is the purpose behind Media Time Capsule, and our belief in the importance of this connection drives us in everything we do.
I started Media Time Capsule because, throughout my career, I’ve found that people often come to a critical moment in their lives – and they’re struck with the reality that no one really knows them – not their spouse, not their best friend, not even their mother. This is not uncommon, and this can be a turning point in their lives. This can be the time when they’re really heard.