Donato Di Camillo was born the lone son of Italian immigrant parents in Brooklyn, New York. He suffered behavioral problems as a child, moving in and out of institutions and jails after being expelled from school at age 16.
He taught himself photography after serving a federal prison sentence in Virginia. He first photographed bugs, plants, and anything else within 120 feet of his domicile, as restricted under an order of home confinement.
His work now focuses on people, and it has been featured in multiple publications and news sources around the world, including the BBC, The Washington Post, CBC, and Huffington Post.
His first collection is slated for publication in late 2019. He currently resides in Staten Island.