Wednesday, February 10, 2016

MAVERICKS 1-25 Day 1

I would like to acknowledge all the people that step up to pledge this project.  I have done it before and I like giving credit where it is due.  In the back of this book I will create a spread that will list all those folks that have pledged copies of this book project.  I celebrate you as my support and tribe that will manifest this selection of images and stories from my early years starting out in photography.  I hope you enjoy the journey as daily, it will transform into more than less due to you. 
First round of MAVERICKS I thank you.
1. Bobbi Lane 2. Joseph Reid 3. Brian Caven 4. Brian K. Edwards 5. George Post 6. Joy Harjo 7. Steve Liska 8. Charlene Valeri 9. Baron Wolman 10. Joe Schwan 11. Charlee Dollens 12. Fadi Kheir 13. Liz Roseman 14. Michael Pannier 15. Margaret Moffitt 16. Robbie Smith 17. Barbara Griffin 18. Rick Graves 19. Tiahaar Kurtheru 20. Lisa Beutler 21. Diego James Robles 22. Coburn Dukehart 23. Doug Beasley 24. Eric Smith 25. Sheryl Hess 


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Spreads #1

I will be posting a few spreads daily to help you guys see the content and encourage you to support this project.  It should be super inspiring to new photographers as well as the old farts.   Thanks for following me and helping this come to life.


K A R E N K U E H N - MAVERICK CAMERA The Photographs & Stores of Karen Kuehn

28 years ago I took a leap of faith. I was in school about to launch my photography career with very little knowledge of how to actually do it.  I thought about where I would like to work and the kind of images I would like to take and two magazines came to mind.  Rolling Stone and the National Geographic.  I did my homework and found out that NGS did an internship.  Immediately I prepared myself for this position and felt it would be the next step for my life.  Many apply for this and I was one of three that were accepted that summer to be a part of the intern program.  I was on cloud nine going to Washington DC two days after graduating from the Art Center College of Design. Top of my class by the way!  After arriving I was assigned to go to the Yukon.  Being a former US Park Ranger this was heaven for me.  I met Brad Washburn and Barry Bishop, both key players in mapping and climbing Mt Everest.  A dream trip for a young photographer.  The internship is usually about 3 months in length and I was extended to 6 thankfully.  That winter while working in and out of the NGS offices I made the most of my time and reached out to editors in NYC as the directors Rich Clarkson and Tom Kennedy were encouraging me to head east.  I was reluctant but I did and after contacting over 40 editors and art directors I was well on my way to the Big Apple.  Via train I arrived with my backpack and gear. I taxed to a friend’s apartment to crash for several weeks while I tried to get my feet on the ground.   Thank you to Linda Draper a terrific friend and illustrator I had a safe place to be while showing my portfolio.  In three weeks I met so many creative’s and shot three jobs as well and so it began this journey of being a NYC based photographer.  I wasn’t a city girl.  Country was written all over my face and my clothing; cowboy boots, jeans and outdoorsy apparel not like the sheik New Yorkers at all. 

New York Magazine’s top photo editor Susan Vermazon along with Laura Broadus gave me my first assignment on the Bowery photographing a photographer named Nan Golden.  We were so opposite but we made some great images together.  Frannie Ruch of Elle was a main stay for jobs early on and so was Mark Jamison for New Look Magazine giving me several interesting projects.  I met so many greats in our industry and I suppose my portfolio was very different as I am a conceptual thinking person as well as a journalist at heart.   I like solving problems be it light or ideas or a location that tells a better story I tend to think out of the box, around the box and in the box.  No limits really. 

I have been told that my career is fascinating and the life I have had to date is packed with stories I should share.  So several years ago I started sorting those images to pull some gems into one book.  Well so many that one book can’t handle a lifetime of my content.  I paired it down to some of my favorites.  I’ve had a long respected career of creating a story within a frame.  I tend to be modest and that probably hasn’t helped my overall story but since working on so many other book projects I have come to a clear place that I don’t have to be the best in the world but I have to be the best I can be for each subject work with for that is the most important aspect for me daily.   I’m dedicated to truth and beauty and honest image making.  It’s a fine line.   The business of photography is ever changing and the budgets are disincarnating to spend more time on projects unless you’re backed by just a few of the major magazines.   You have to be part of an editor’s top choice to get consistent work.  While in NYC I was riding that wave and it was fantastic.  I will be forever grateful and with that idea I would like to share some of the adventures with you.
Photography has given me so much inspiration as a platform for meeting people and exploring all kinds of topics.  It’s a career of education that you can’t buy but rather you live.  I’m rich with adventure and skill sets that have been brought to me via the camera.  A tool I can only love with my heart and eyes.  I hope you like this project.  It is meant to inspire a kinder creative limitless self.  The journey shared is so much better.  Photographers go into situations and if open they come out co creating.
I love my life and photography has given me so much more than I could of reckoned.
Enjoy the journey.

Once the kickstarter has presold 350 books in 60 days I will have one month to make all finishing touches with the designer.  I have a book rep ready to send to press overseas.   The same pressman did my CARGO CULT book featured on Amazon now.  That book is a success pre-selling 1300 copies in 60 days.  I am hopeful that we can sell far less and manifest a full pressing.  Your pledge will help this happen.  Once the book press checks we do the final and I feel at the very latest it will be delivered by August pending  import.  I feel it will be sooner but I want to not underestimate  any details needed to make this project stellar.  I hope it inspires young photographers, and old.  My journey has been amazing and its relatable full of humor and heart.  Thank you for your time and I can only hope you’ll share and be apart of this book project as it comes to life.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Erotic Eye Workshop

The Erotic Eye Workshop
Mallorca, Spain, November 13-20, 2015
Internationally acclaimed photographer Donna Ferrato is proud to announce the The Erotic Eye photography workshops. In the spirit of Ferrato’s 2004 book Love & LustThe Erotic Eye will guide photographers through the process of shooting in highly charged, intimate situations. At its heart is the belief that we are born to love and be loved, and that, in the words of the late great Czech photographer Miroslav Tichý, “All of society is based on sexuality.” Photographing sexuality is very difficult, and this workshop will teach photographers how to make images that evoke questions rather than condemnations of behavior that may be misunderstood.

The first of the three Erotic Eye workshops will take place on the island of Mallorca from November 13-20, 2015.The group will live as one in a villa by the beach and will work under the watchful eyes of Karen Kuehn, master of Burning Man; Tomeu Coll, master of the Badlands; and master of the senses Donna Ferrato. It’s about the organic process of looking, shooting, and editing 24/7. Shooting will take place largely at night and in the early morning, and lessons in non-traditional lighting will be provided. While photographers will be encouraged to work independently, daily group critiques are mandatory.

The workshop will have a group van and driver. Areas for shooting will include the Badlands and the local villages. Photographers will need to form their own stories and narratives from the mise en scène created. A book will be published as the culmination of the three workshops. A video will also be made, and participants must sign a waiver upon registering. NO NUDITY is required of participants; this workshop is about eroticism, not pornography. 
The workshop is limited to eighteen. All levels of proficiency are welcomed. The cost is $3,000 and covers food, lodging, and transportation in Mallorca. Photographers who have previously participated in a Donna Ferrato workshop will receive a returning participant 10% discount.

The second Erotic Eye workshop will take place in Berlin in spring 2016, and the final workshop will take place in New York City in summer 2016. More details will be announced in the coming weeks. Photographers who register for all three workshops will receive a 20% discount. 

To apply to The Erotic Eye, please send a one-page letter stating why you would like to attend the workshop, along with a link to your online portfolio to

For updates, sneak peeks of workshop shoots and locations, and words from the photographers, follow Donna Ferrato Photography on Facebook.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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