Donna 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.
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.Learn More
Consisting of members the FCDA photography collective, the panel will discuss the inspiration and necessity for independent and collaborative projects in a new era of documentary storytelling. It will explore how shrinking budgets and displaced priorities of publications are creating a greater need for an alternative model that prioritizes public interest.Learn More
Sara Naomí Lewkowicz, a graduate student studying photojournalism at Ohio University, began photographing Shane and Maggie in September of 2012. She had set out to document the difficulties Shane faced as a convicted felon trying to rebuild his life. One night, after several months of intermittently documenting the couple, the mounting tensions in their relationship exploded into violence, which Sara documented. During this artist talk, Sara will walk the audience through the events of the evening and her experience that transitioned her life and career from a student to a photojournalist and advocate against domestic abuse.Learn More