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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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Photo credit Leslie Granda-Hill  

Photo credit Leslie Granda-Hill


This Workshop Is Sold Out

Hey guys!  Its almost New Years and I’m excited to say I will be starting the year off with a big SPLASH by sharing my vision and insights this January 1st at The Coney Island 2017 annual Polar Bear Club plunge! The boardwalk will be filled with all kinds of people-this is your chance to have one of the most exciting experiences you will have while cultivating your passion for photography.  


This workshop will focus on covering the essentials of capturing EMOTIONS, a vital key to effective and distinct, memorable photographs.

We will explore the less obvious and make images on a deep, close, and personal level while also learning more about ourselves.  Each student will be challenged to achieve a specific goal during the workshop to help shape his or her esthetic.

My fun, laid back, and down to earth approach will make this informative class help release anxieties associated with photographing strangers with me right by your side.


Join me to celebrate the New Year and learn how to improve your craft to gain recognition and self gratification for all the hard work you put into your images.

Tickets will be available through my website; . 

Class is limited to 6 participants it is advised to take public transportation that day as parking may be limited.

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