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‘In the Road of Dreams’ – Introducing Donna Ferrato

March 4, 2014

‘I have learned to develop animal instincts. I can smell danger, anger, and destructive reactions coming out of a very ordinary moment. Being a photographer requires much more than just looking through the view finder and pressing your finger on a cold metal button. It takes psychological acuity’ – Donna Ferrato

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‘Donna Ferrato has documented domestic violence for more than 30 years. She is not only very special for any specific work but for her attitude towards life and compassion for humanity. Her commitment to society’s darkest problems from domestic violence to child sexual assault, have become landmark essays in the field of documentary photography. I have been superbly fascinated by this legendary photographer since I started photography. Her commitment to go beyond the obvious was inspirational to me and will remain as an inspiration to millions for eternity.
Her gifts for observation, illumination, and documentation united with a loyalty to reveal the darker sides of humanity have made her unique in the medium. Her works are filled with light and life, that light that only those who have known the darkness are capable of projecting. Donna is a beacon for women’s rights. Her iconic book, “Living with the Enemy”, has been reprinted three times and sold 40,000 copies worldwide. Everyone who gets a chance to see the mesmerizing glimpse of her personality will undoubtedly agree with me that she is a remarkable character. And as a photographer she earns the ultimate respect for being able to depict the truth’ – GMB Akash

 

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GMB Akash: Please share the greatest challenge/s you faced in your early career as a photographer. Is there any struggle that you overcame and has helped to transform you eternally?

Donna Ferrato : The greatest challenge in those early days was proving to myself, and, others, that I could be more than a photographer ~ which any monkey can do. I wanted to succeed as a professional and to make a living from photography.  I wanted to go to exciting places and work for the best editors at the best magazines because I wanted to know things, and then I wanted to share my stories with people around the world. I had to learn to be smart and efficient and to never come back empty handed…meaning without the big double page picture. Mostly I’ve worked alone. When you work without an assistant, or a fixer, without somebody who has your back, it takes stuff out of you. Guess what? It also puts good shit back in.  Fair to say, if I didn’t believe in what I was doing I wouldn’t do it. Nothing much has changed

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Advice from Donna Ferrato:

The photographer, whose passion for light is indescribable, to whom photography is another form of religion, her advices to aspiring photographers:

‘Find a way to make money. Be smart. If you want to be a photographer, get ready to live on the edge. There are plenty of good photographers concerned with feeding their families and paying the bills. But if you want to break new ground, come up with your own ideas and forget about stability. Don’t let anyone control your mind’- Donna Ferrato

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