Donna DeCesare is an award-winning documentary photographer and Associate Professor at the University of Texas School of Journalism, a faculty affiliate of the Latin American Studies program, and an Advisory Board member of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. For more than two decades, DeCesare photographed gang members and their families in Central America and in refugee communities in the U.S. In 2013, those images and stories were published in her book "Unsettled / Desasosiego: Children in the World of Gangs." Later that year, she was awarded the Cabot Prize for her distinguished work and contribution to Inter-American understanding.
A documentary photographer known for her work on youth identity and gang violence, she coordinates the Dart Center's activities throughout Latin America and curates visual journalism for Dart Media.
Recent Posts by Donna DeCesare
Rubén Espinosa is the fourth Mexican journalist murdered this year. But six weeks after his killing, it is the details of his story rather than his place in the sequence of murdered colleagues that make his case especially haunting.
- August 6, 2014 by Donna DeCesare
For more than two decades, Dart Media curator and documentary photographer Donna DeCesare has documented the impact of gangs, violence, and migration on children living in Central America. Here, she offers her take on the current border crisis.
- October 22, 2013 by Donna DeCesare
On Monday night, winners of the 75th Annual Maria Moors Cabot Prizes Ceremony were honored at Columbia University's Low Memorial Library. They included Jon Lee Anderson, Mauri König and Alejandro Santos Rubino, as well as documentary photographer and Dart Media Curator Donna De Cesare. Her acceptance speech is published below. Her new book is here.
For more than two decades, Donna DeCesare photographed gang members and their families in Central America and in refugee communities in the U.S. "Unsettled / Desasosiego" is her bilingual book, featuring those images and the stories of the people she followed. Documentary filmmaker and photographer Mimi Chakarova spoke to DeCesare about the work. With an excerpt from the foreword by Fred Ritchin, author and professor of photography and imaging at NYU.
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