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Donna De Cesare is an author, documentary photographer, and educator known for her groundbreaking coverage of the spread of US gangs in Central America.
Her photographs and testimonies from children in Guatemala and Colombia who are former child soldiers, survivors of abuse or the stigma of HIV, have assisted UNICEF in developing protocols for photographing children at risk.
De Cesare is a consultant to the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. She's also an associate professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.
De Cesare’s honors include top awards from the National Press Photographers Association, the Dorothea Lange Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the Mother Jones Award for Social Documentary Photography, several Open Society Foundations grants and fellowships as well as a Fulbright Fellowship.
Her photography has been exhibited internationally in venues such as Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan, France; Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City; the Guangdong Museum of Art in Guangzhou, China; the Museo Tecleño in El Salvador; the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen in Mannheim, Germany; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Most recently De Cesare’s photography was included in the retrospective traveling exhibition War / Photography currently on exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. It will travel later this year to the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Brooklyn Museum.
Her newly published book, Unsettled / Desasosiego: Children in a World of Gangs, is both a memoir and a visual history of her experiences in Central America and Los Angeles.