Donato Dicamillo’s street photography is nothing short of amazing. And he has an equally fascinating backstory that takes him from the streets of Brooklyn to being incarcerated in federal prison. His self-taught style captures a gritty emotion and imagery that is unique. And in this interview he reveals his journey.
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Born in Brooklyn New York, Donato Di Camillo is one son of three siblings born from Italian immigrant parents.
As a child Donato suffered behavioural problems with anger, he would soon be expelled from school at the age of sixteen for violence, then finding himself in and out of behavioural institutions and jails.
Ironically Donato became intensely interested in photography while serving out a federal prison sentence in Petersburg, MCI, Virginia.
“I was always interested in magazines like National Geographic and LIFE. When I was a child I used to dream about being on adventures, exploring, always fascinated about other cultures in different parts of the world”.
Since his release in 2012 Donato taught himself to use a camera while being on home confinement. At first he photographed, bugs, plants or anything else within the 120ft of his home, which he was restricted to.
Donato was featured in multiple publications and news broadcasts around the world, such as, BBC, Washington Post, CBC, Huffington Post, and was invited to speak at the prestigious HEARST magazines annual summit.
Di Camillo continues to focus on people and plans to put out his first book late 2017. He currently resides in Staten Island, N.Y.
“You only have a few good pictures in a lifetime so If ya gonna go shoot, shoot with your heart.” – Donato Di Camillo
“American Truths Unwritten”
Workshop – September 22-23 “The subtle art of giving a f@#k”
Where I will be exploring the multi-facets of the human thread and how it effectively works into photographic storytelling.
Gear Leica M (Typ 240) Digital Rangefinder Camera
Photographers that inspire Donato