BIO

Donna Ferrato is an internationally-known documentary photographer. Her gifts for exploration, illumination, and documentation coupled with a commitment to revealing the darker sides of humanity, have made her a giant in the medium.

Ferrato first received critical acclaim for her work that captured the horrors of family violence. Her photographs of domestic violence and its aftermath have become landmark essays in the field of documentary photography, challenging social attitudes and putting a spotlight on the devastating impact of everyday violence. Her iconic book, Living with the Enemy, published by Aperture in 1991, is considered the first clear visual journey into the dark heart of domestic abuse. It has been reprinted four times, selling a record number of 40,000 copies worldwide.

Through exhibitions of her work and lectures across the globe, Ferrato has brought widespread attention to violence against women and girls. In 2008, a proclamation from the City of New York announced October 30, 2008 “Donna Ferrato Appreciation Day” for her “continued service as an example of advocacy and activism and as a citizen that the city is proud to call one of its own.” In October 2009, the New York State Supreme Court Judges honored Ferrato for her work to encourage gender equality. Oct 13, 2011, East Hampton’s shelter, The Retreat, honored Donna for her continual inspiration as an activist against the abuse of women.

In November 2016, TIME magazine announced her photograph of a woman being hit by her husband (1982) as one of the “100 Most Influential Photographs of All Time.”

Ferrato offers a unique look at the New York neighborhood of TriBeCa. With an intimate, artistic sensibility, she captures New York City’s most historic neighborhood. The photographs reveal the generations of immigrants, gangsters, captains of industry and artists who walked the century- old, cobblestone streets, and as well as the manners and mores of today’s denizens who, lured by its old-world grace and simplicity, have made the TriBeCa of today an urban Ground Zero.

Ferrato’s book on Tribeca, “Tribeca 9/11/01-9/11/11” speaks to the essence of the neighborhood, how it managed to come together and heal after the tragedy of 9/11. Ferrato uses her past experience working as a photojournalist for LIFE Magazine and photographs her neighborhood as if she were shooting the Gulf War, or a Guns N Roses concert, bringing humanity and drama to the streets of Tribeca. Some of her work on Tribeca is in the Library of Congress in fall 2015 collection.

AWARDS

Exhibition at Circulo De Bellas Artes, Madrid Spain (2019)

La Fabrica Tribeca Exhibition (2019)

PhotoEspaña Award for Excellence in Documentary Photography (2019)

LOOK3 Insightful Artist of the Year (2013)

Oct 13, 2011, East Hampton’s shelter, The Retreat, honored Donna for her continual inspiration as an activist against the abuse of women.

In October 2009, the New York State Supreme Court Judges honored Ferrato for her work to encourage gender equality.

Artist of the Year at the Tribeca Film Festival (2008)

A proclamation from the City of New York announced October 30, 2008 “Donna Ferrato Appreciation Day” for her “continued service as an example of advocacy and activism and as a citizen that the city is proud to call one of its own.”

Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism from the School of Journalism at University of Missouri-Columbia (2003)

Kodak Crystal Eagle for Courage in Journalism (1997)

International Women in Media Courage in Journalism Award (1996)

Robert F. Kennedy Award for Humanistic Photography (1987)

W. Eugene Smith Grant (1986)

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