In one way or another, the events of my entire life have led me to interact with the world through a lens.The way the experiences of my Italian immigrant parents influenced me as a young adult, incarceration, recovery, acceptance of my abilities, and a determination to seek the truth are the only ways I have found equilibrium. My eyes, my soul, and my entire being seeks to find what is actually real.
I find my truest self through the common ground we all share in the human experience. In a short time I have become known as a master of photographing those on the fringes of society including marginalized people and the forgotten secondary citizens.I photograph these so-called “fringe” subjects because I have access to them. They live in my world and most importantly, I am able to gain their trust, even as a stranger. While this by no means defines me, my body of work in that arena speaks for itself.I don’t flinch. I photograph the undesirable, the ugly, the acne scars, the tired, the bewildered eyes, the flawless skin of beautiful women,and the innocence of a child’s expression.
I am drawn to these people and this craft is my life. My subjects trust me because I am direct, kind, and empathetic. That is because I have
been where they have been. I have felt what they have felt. I can connect with anyone on the level of human emotions. My eyes give me away,
that I need one thing and one thing only—the truth. In a world of lies, I am the conduit where they can tell their stories in a mili-second flash.
I can’t fix their lives but I can instill hope through personal example. Just as I ask them to show me their lives, I share mine with my subjects.
Just as I ask them to be vulnerable before my camera, I am also vulnerable. Photography and the camera creates a common ground where we
meet, no matter where, no matter when.
CBC Audio Interview
Washington Post Audio Interview
DONATO DI CAMILLO'S PLAYFUL NEW YORK CITY STREET PORTRAITS
An up-and-coming street photographer speaks with us about what catches his eye
By Skyler Reid Posted June 3, 2016
"Stay Focused" Children's Workshop
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.