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When Donato first picked up a camera he knew he would have a hard time putting it down. It became a reason for him to step out from a dark place, which he had struggled with for some time. The dark world in which he knew so well would soon come to light after being released from prison in 2011. His inspiration derived from many great documentary photographers, such as Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Hellen Levit, Gary Winogrand, and William Klein, just to name a few, it was their photography that made Donato realize that he could scream through his images. His work is a constant search that's forged out of his own curiosities. They're derived from his own interpretation of people, as well as deep rooted moments in the Phycological  confines of his mind.

"I love the amazing differences in people and how beautifully unique we all are. Good bad or indifferent; People never cease to amaze me, they often answer many of my own questions. The littlest detail, maybe in the eyes or the way someone walks can be the difference of making a photograph".


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An up-and-coming street photographer speaks with us about what catches his eye

By Skyler Reid Posted June 3, 2016

Photo credit Leslie Granda-Hill  

Photo credit Leslie Granda-Hill


"Stay Focused" Children's Workshop

Dear friends,

This year I will be hosting my first annual children’s workshop-“Stay Focused.” This workshop will be FREE of charge for kids of ages 6 – 9.

Upon arrival, each parent/caregiver will fill out a questionnaire. After that, each participant will be given the proper instructions to move forward for this exciting and fun-filled class.

Upon individual assessments, each student will be given different challenges/assignments to help develop his/her creativity and social skills.The participants will then receive their own dispoable automatic film camera to take home for individual assignments.

On Saturday, April 15th all cameras and assignments will be due back for review and processing.
Remember- we are all winners, but the one who puts forth his/her best efforts will be given a special grand prize on a later date!

According to Psychology Today, "when looking at a photograph, you can learn a lot by focusing not on the subject of the picture --you, a child, a cat--but the representation of the subject and what it tells you about the emotions and psychology of the person doing the representing" - (your child)

On a personal note, photography has taught me to express myself intellectually, artistically, emotionally, mentally, and most of all socially.

So, if a child has a clear understanding of why they are photographing a subject, it could become a great stepping-stone for a much brighter, creative, and FUN filled future.

Join me at 11 am on Saturday, April 8th at Tom’s restaurant ~1229 Boardwalk~ Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY 11224 for this workshop orientation.