Daylin Paul is an independent photographer, writer and educator based in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. He is a graduate from Rhodes University, School of Journalism. After starting his career as a press photographer in Cape Town, he decided to work as an independent photographer and travelled to East Asia where he was a stringer for Penta Press photo agency in Seoul, South Korea, and a gallery assistant at Documentary Arts Asia in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
After five years in Asia, Paul returned to South Africa and worked for various leading news organisations, both local and international. His work during the FeesMustFall protests in 2015 and 2016 drew critical acclaim and global recognition, and was published in The New York Times, The Guardian, and Foreign Policy. Subsequently, he was a regional finalist in the Vodacom Journalist of the Year awards (2017).
It was during this time that he began moving away from photojournalism and into documentary photography. Paul was awarded the prestigious Ernest Cole Award in 2017 for his work on coal mining and burning in the Mpumalanga Highveld. The project was published as his debut monograph, Broken Land, and exhibited widely.
He teaches photography, and is a writer and contributor to a number of local and international publications, NGOs and development agencies.