Pullen brings a true locals’ perspective to his photographs, capturing slices of life along these barrier islands carved by wind and waves.
Photographer Daniel Pullen is an Outer Banks native and descendant of nine Cape Hatteras Lighthouse keepers. Backed by a deep love of the ocean and surfing, the Buxton native pursued a career as a surf artist and photographer in his teens. By his 20s, Pullen had gained notoriety for his unique style: a marriage of fine art, surf, and documentary photography. In 2020, he was named North Carolina Press Association Hugh Morton Photographer of the Year and one of his photos earned a spot on Time Magazine’s “100 Best Photos of 2020.”