An Exclusive Conversation with Donna Ferrato and Paul Moakley

13 Jan 2017 2016 PHOTOSHELTER

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An Exclusive Conversation with Donna Ferrato and Paul Moakley

Featuring: Paul Moakley (Moderator), Donna Ferrato

Presented by

Photoshelter’s Luminance


Friday, September 23 | 12:30PM – 1:15PM
Location: Photoville Pavilion (60 Water Street Storefront)


Donna Ferrato is a women’s rights activist and internationally acclaimed photojournalist, best known for her groundbreaking documentation of domestic violence. Her work is rooted in New York City, where Ferrato moved to in 1979 to photograph the heady nightclub culture of the late ’70s and early ’80s. Ferrato’s most recent project celebrates the spirit and evolution of TriBeCa. In this conversation, Ferrato will sit down with Paul Moakley, Deputy Director of Photography and Visual Enterprise at TIME Magazine, to walk through some of her most eye-opening work and share the stories behind her images.


DonnaF-CreditTimMantoaniDonna Ferrato is an internationally acclaimed photojournalist, known for her groundbreaking documentation on the hidden world of domestic violence. Her seminal book, Living With the Enemy (Aperture 1991), went into four printings and, alongside exhibitions and lectures across the globe, sparked a national discussion on sexual violence and women’s rights. In 2014, Ferrato launched the campaign, I Am Unbeatable, to expose, document, and prevent domestic violence against women and children through real stories of real people.

Ferrato has contributed to almost every major news publication in the country, and her photographs have appeared in nearly 500 solo exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide. She has been a member of the Executive Board of Directors for the W. Eugene Smith Fund and was president and founder of the nonprofit Domestic Abuse Awareness Project (501-c3). She has been a recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Grant, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Outstanding Coverage of the Plight of the Disadvantaged, the IWMF Courage in Journalism Award, the Missouri Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service in Journalism, the Tribeca Film Festival’s Artist of the Year award, and LOOK3’s Insightful Artist of the Year award. In 2008, the City of New York proclaimed October 30 “Donna Ferrato Appreciation Day,” and in 2009, she was honored by the judges of the New York State Supreme Court for her work on advancing gender equality.

Ferrato’s most recent project focuses on the spirit and evolution of TriBeCa. She has just released her fourth limited edition TriBeCa portfolio, and will soon publish a book on the recent history of the neighborhood.


PaulMoakleyPaul Moakley has been the Deputy Photo Editor of TIME since 2010. He covers national news and special projects such as Person of the Year. Previously he was Senior Photo Editor at Newsweek and Photo Editor of PDN (Photo District News). Moakley is an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, as well as a photographer and filmmaker. He lives at the Alice Austen House Museum — home to one of America’s earliest photographers — as a caretaker and curator of the museum.

Full day passes ($20) are available for purchase here.