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 printings and, alongside exhibitions and lectures across the globe, sparked a national discussion on sexual violence and women’s rights. In 2011, Ferrato launched the “I Am Unbeatable” campaign to expose, document, and prevent domestic violence against women and children through real stories of real people. Ferrato continues to publish new work on women's rights; her photographs of abortion clinics in Detroit, Texas, and Virginia is currently featured in the September/October issue of Mother Jones.
Ferrato has contributed to almost every major news publication in the country, and her photographs have appeared in nearly five hundred 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 non-profit Domestic Abuse Awareness (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, Artist of the Year at the Tribeca Film Festival, and the Look3 Insightful Artist of the Year. 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 advancing gender equality.
In November 2015 on the Spanish island of Mallorca, Ferrato will host the first of a trilogy of workshops titled The Erotic Eye. As she writes in her self-published book of the same name, "As a wandering child of the sixties, the belief that love is the practice of freedom gave me an open path to follow. I've explored a world in which the erotic cradle of human desire rocks the citadel of repressive dogmas."
Ferrato’s most recent project focuses on the spirit and evolution of TriBeCa. She is currently at work on her fourth limited edition TriBeCa portfolio, and a book on the recent history of the neighborhood, to be published in 2016.
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Donna Ferrato receiving the Robert F. Kennedy Award in 1987. Photograph © Philip Jones Griffiths.