Donna Ferrato

Photographer
      
The W. Eugene Smith Award 2019
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
This year's W. Eugene Smith Grant award was a monster of a show, giving us insight into the best efforts of concerned photojournalists from across the world.  Bravo to the nine finalists; to the Howard Chapnick Grant, Alisia Hansen; to the two Leonian finalists, to the W. Eugene Smith Fellowship recipient, Sian Davey, the W Eugene Smith Student Grant, Fawaz Oyedji. The display of imagery left me breathless. But I was especially stunned by the body of work by Mexican photographer/filmmaker, husband, and father of three girls, Yael Martinez. His intimate portrait of "The House that Bleeds", is a psychological drama that sheds light on his own family's experience with violence and death, as well, as many others whose missing relatives are mourned although they rarely find closure or resolution. It was an honor to see the great work, and, to break bread with photographers, judges, journalists, and, the W. Eugene Smith directors afterward at Bottino's. Wow. Thanks, Marcel Saba, Robert Pledge, Dora Somosi and Leandro Villaro for making it look easy. 
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