John Daly was born in New Hampshire in 1975. He holds degrees from the University of New Hampshire in Durham and Brown University in Providence.
Mr. Daly's work is dedicated to investigations of the reciprocity between past and contemporary economic activities and the natural landscape. With degrees in both the fine arts and American civilization, he has explored this theme within both artistic and analytical frameworks. Following his undergraduate studies in which he obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts, he exhibited artwork in Somerville, Massachusetts, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. After five years, he obtained a Master's Degree in American Civilization and entered the field of historic preservation. He then spent over eleven years documenting historic landscapes, buildings and works of civil engineering at facilities owned by the National Park Service; U.S. Army and Army Reserves, Navy, Air Force; Amtrak; the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority; Massachusetts and Rhode Island Departments of Transportation, and numerous private corporations in the eastern United States. Through photographs and narratives, Mr. Daly recorded hundreds of significant sites associated with manufacturing, scientific research, transportation, and national defense, while continuing his artistic explorations. His documentary works are in the collections of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC; the National Park Service and the Massachusetts and New Hampshire State Archives.
Mr. Daly currently lives and works in Massachusetts.