Trim Size: 8 x 10-1/2 Page Count: 176 ISBN: 9781576879108 -- Over the last 50 years, I’ve been driven to photograph the wisdom and courage of women: their mentality, their sexuality, their emotionality, their spirituality.
HOLY is the most important book I have ever done. It's about the unleashed power of women. What women have gained over the last 50 years. The hard-won freedom that women are losing. Why every woman's autonomy is sacrosanct.
My stepdaughter, feminist writer Kat Holden, inspired me to honor the full dimension of women's lives by bringing my most powerful photographs together in one book:
“I can't think of any photojournalist who has documented the extremes of human passion more intensively and extensively than Donna. No one has better captured the 360º picture of walking this Earth as a female. There used to be a time when her study of women was split: over here, the 'domestic violence' work, and over here, the 'sex' work. The combination of the two is vital. It's only in this combination that we see the whole spectrum—the truth of what it is to be a woman. The contradictions we are expected to embody: the virgin and the whore, the vulnerable and the invincible, the mother and the daughter." —Katherine Holden
No expense has been spared. My writing, my thoughts, my feelings are all immersed in this book. Each page is handmade and captured by the finest duotone. Each edge is engine red. Each caption is handwritten. It's a true labor of love—about love—and the unassailable Mother of God-given rights of each and every woman.
For twenty years after the attack on the World Trade Center, Donna Ferrato has photographed the healing and the rebirth of Tribeca, New York City’s most historic neighborhood.
“Donna Ferrato miraculously manages to capture TriBeCa from two completely distinct points of view at the same time: She can stand at a distance with the objective eye of a compassionate, awestruck outsider as well as take us inside the heart of our big city hamlet with the love and care that only a native could possibly possess. She has the ability to artfully merge these seemingly opposing vantage points into one singular, truthful, and gracefully beautiful vision.” — Michael Imperioli
Also available in a limited edition of 50. Signed by Donna Ferrato and complete with a slipcover and 11×14 archival silver-gelatin print of “Ladder House 8.”
“Donna Ferrato’s powerful documentary photographs have taken us into worlds we could never imagine witnessing. Her book,Living with the Enemy, is the quintessential document about the devastating lives of battered women. In her latest work, “TriBeCa” we see a different side to Donna. This personal interpretation of the NYC neighborhood, TriBeCa, spans over twelve years. The photographs are full of life, humor, beauty and atmosphere. It’s an ever changing walk through her eyes; believe me, Donna’s eye is most unique.
Donna has the shaman’s ability to transform a one-sided reality into her own special point of view. She also has a wonderful ability to frame her images with an uncanny immediacy. You almost feel that she knows when a picture is going to happen before it happens — and then she snatches it, like a spider in waiting. This collection of images seem to come from the dreams in a diary. A poetic tribute to Donna’s home, TriBeCa.” — Mary Ellen Mark
From the award-winning photographer of Aperture’s seminalLiving with the Enemy, now in its fourth printing, comesLove & Lust, a provocative look at human intimacy. In this work, Donna Ferrato turns her eye on the theme of love in its many facets, from the emotional bond of a boy and his dog to full-blooded orgies and other lusty behavior. Ferrato is never heavy-handed or sensational. Rather, there is always the sense that she is winking at the viewer, encouraging a relaxed acceptance of all the positive expressions of human feeling.
Inside her tender and violent language there is the desire for the recreation of souls and an invitation to free sexuality in order to enjoy sentimental erotic fulfillment. While the photos draw us to a liberal sexuality, they also transmit a message to the heart of the problem: sexuality is our life’s motor and has thousands of expressions. However, in order to be totally gratifying, it must be accompanied by tenderness and affection. Donna registers these emotions and reflections in different situations: family life, casual meetings, sexual relationships, private clubs, along the streets of the world, meetings with children and adults, and scenes from everyday life.
Ferrato rode over 6,000 hours with police around the country to get some of the photographs in Living With the Enemy. In the introduction toLiving With the Enemy, Ferrato writes, “Much of the book was born out of frustration – first, because I felt powerless in the face of the violence I had seen, and, second, because for a long time no magazine would publish the pictures. It was only when I received the W. Eugene Smith Award in 1986 that magazine editors began to take the project seriously.” Ferrato felt the problem had been concealed from public view for too long and it was important to show as many aspects of the problem as she could. Some of the names in the book were changed, but all of the photographs and stories are real.