Donna Ferrato

Photographer
      
Location: New York
Nationality: American/Italian
Biography:   Donna Ferrato is an internationally acclaimed photojournalist known for her groundbreaking documentation of the hidden world of domestic violence. Her seminal book   Living With the Enemy   (Aperture, 1991) went into four... read on
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Retrospective + Workshop at Cortona on the Move
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Jun 14, 2017

American Woman / American Donna: 40 Years (1970s-2010s)


Donna's first retrospective opens at the Cortona On The Move Festival in Cortona, Italy on July 13, 2017


A four-decade-long journey: that of the American woman and of Donna Ferrato’s life and career. “American Woman” is the first time that photographs from Ferrato’s domestic violence, personal, and swingers’ archives are brought together into one exhibition.

The photographs never condemn the women in them; if there is condemnation it is for the role society has constructed for them. The images are a study of the objectifying male gaze, as well as the female gaze—Ferrato’s own. They show the links between sex, love, and violence.

“American Woman” is broken up into three general time periods and themes following Ferrato’s career as a photographer and the changing roles women have undergone in the United States since the 1970s: a journey through women’s liberation, submissiveness and ultimate awakening.

Join us for the opening at Cortona on July 13th, or see the exhibition any time until October 1st, 2017. 

Erotic Eye Workshop comes to Cortona July 16-17

For the first time, the Erotic Eye Workshop will be offered as a two-day intensive in conjunction with the American Woman exhibition. Be prepared for some major surprises (as usual) in this raunchy and rowdy workshop.


photo: Dyke March, Fifth Avenue, New York City, 1996

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By Donna Ferrato — Being invited to Dubai for HIPA's 8th annual photography award as a judge was an honor.  I was one of five professionals who had worked..
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By Donna Ferrato — Although the PHotoEspaña workshop was only 48 hours, it was meaningful. Every student asked for stronger tools in their quest to become..
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By Donna Ferrato — It's kinda fun to live in a neighborhood where you leave the house and run into Taylor Swift, leaving for Turkey for a concert. I found..
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From Behind Closed Doors to #MeToo: A Conversation with Donna Ferrato and Nona Willis Aronowitz

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1968-2018: Marching for our Lives, Washington, D.C.

By Donna Ferrato — Marching for our Lives felt like being born again. Back in 1968 the peace and love generation said "we don't trust anyone over 30. You screwed up...
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ANNOUNCING: Sacred Eye Workshop Sicily

By Donna Ferrato — May 25-June 3, 2018 With Donna Ferrato, Tomeu Coll, & special guest Letizia Battaglia The first in a series of thought-provoking photographic..
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TIME: Black Eyes Don't Lie by Donna Ferrato

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Loculars Exhibition: Photos from Saturday Night

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By Donna Ferrato — We are excited to offer a selection of new and vintage images, as well as one limited edition poster, for sale in the new online print shop! Some of..
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Tomorrow, the chance to win a portfolio review with me

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Erotic Eye Workshop LA Video Premiere + Cortona Workshop

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Interview with Young Survivor of Domestic Violence

By Donna Ferrato — I recently had a conversation with a young survivor of domestic violence who lives in Kosovo. He hopes to expand awareness of domestic violence in..
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TIME's "100 Photographs: The Most Influential Images of All Time"

By Donna Ferrato — On Friday, Time 's special issue featuring the "100 Most Influential Images of All Time" hit news stands and launched on their special website. It..
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