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Daniel Nicoletta (born 1954) has been a leading chronicler of the LGBT civil rights movement for over forty years. 

In 1974 Nicoletta moved to San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood and began working in Harvey Milk and Scott Smith’s camera store. That same year, he and a group of friends staged a 4-day video festival in the back of Castro Camera and Nicoletta later (in 1977) co-founded the LGBT Film Festival. By 1975, Nicoletta was interning with Crawford Barton who was then a staff photographer for The Advocate, the national LGBT magazine. Eventually choosing still photography as his medium of choice, Nicoletta continued to focus almost exclusively on the journey of the LGBT civil rights movement throughout most of his life.  In 2008, Nicoletta was a set photographer and a key consultant on Gus Van Sant’s feature film, Milk, and he continues to serve as a key point person for LGBT related research. In 2014, one of Nicoletta’s photographs was featured on the US “Forever” postage stamp honoring Harvey Milk. Dan currently lives in Oregon with his partner Michael Pinatelli, Jr. 

View Dan's book, LGBT: San Francisco here.

Daniel Nicoletta