Donna Ferrato

Photographer
      
Tribeca in the Time of Coronavirus
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
“People must take a modicum of public responsibility for each other even if they have no ties to each other.” Jane Jacobs



Tribeca is a tiny enclave southwest of Canal Street in downtown Manhattan. When the pandemic hit New York City, many went away.
From March to June Tribeca was an empty shell of calm.  Still, every night people burst out of their windows at 7 to bang on pots and pans and show appreciation for the self-sacrificing heroes of the pandemic.  

Throughout the dark cold months of spring, the neighborhood practiced restraint. Covid-19 was the collective enemy. The way to be protected as well as protect others was by wearing masks and gloves in public. New Yorkers were compliant until social awareness of the systemic police brutality done to black and brown Americans and then defiant protesting became a universal demand for justice.

Mostly I had stayed away from crowds during the early clashes between the police and the protestors. Until one night the mountain came to me.
Apocalyptic sounds of choppers in the sky over my building on West Broadway and Leonard Street ordered me out of the comfort zone.
The following video documents what happened the night when bike pedaling police officers encircled and barked at protestors, ironically in front of the New York Law School Library.

The slideshow of photographs was culled from the last four months.
 
One of my takeaways is that masks are not only preventative but they are cool. Masks do good and people feel good when they wear them.

Donna Ferrato 06.16.20
 

 


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Aliens Hunting Demon Semen

By Donna Ferrato and Fanny Ferrato / woodstock — NEWS FIT TO PRINT:  EVERY DAY TRUMP KILLS EVERYONE. ALIENS DNA is NO CURE 4 DEMON SEMEN. Humans please..
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Ferratoflix Ep.3 - My Friend Jose

By Donna Ferrato / Tribeca — Last summer was the saddest. For 70 years my brave mama kept the world turning. When she died everything..
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The W. Eugene Smith Award 2019

By Donna Ferrato — This year's W. Eugene Smith Grant award was a monster of a show, giving us insight into the best efforts..
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Throughout Time in Tribeca

By Donna Ferrato / Tribeca — I like to watch . Chance...the gardener, from Jerzy Kosinski's book, from Being There.   The..
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Safe at Home

By Donna Ferrato / Tribeca — In my head are the thoughts we share about isolation, suffering, and death.  Things that terrify me..
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We Live in Public

By Donna Ferrato — Text From ARTFORUM Magazine: Made the Top Ten Best InstallationsJOSH HARRIS, QUIET: WE LIVE IN PUBLIC,..
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Dyke Day 2019

By Donna Ferrato / New York City — We get stronger. We stand our ground, we won't back down. Femme daddies and hairy Marys. Washington..
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