Mixing the everyday with a touch of the fantastical, Brooke DiDonato’s photographs create surreal moments when people are obscured, subsumed or lost in the environments around them. DiDonato is a positive role model for young women. Her work has been exhibited in New York City, London, Canada and Germany and her clients include Adobe Systems, HUAWEI, Refinery 29, The New Yorker and Penguin Books.
DiDonato’s talk is part of the i3: Images, Ideas, Inspiration lecture series, which features presentations by digital photographers, hardware and software developers and industry experts. Presented by the MPS Digital Photography.
About Speaker: American, b. 1990 – After studying photojournalism at Kent State University, DiDonato developed a body of personal work questioning the notion of realism induced by the photographic medium. Her images propose scenes of everyday life distorted by visual anomalies and bathed in a pastel universe that evokes the American dream of the fifties. Extreme landscapes – corn fields and cacti, a drainage pipe and a lonely desert – as well as domestic spaces, stand in for the subconscious mind. The pictures become fantastic as environments hide or subsume the human figures.
Her series of self-portraits “A House Is Not a Home” has been exhibited throughout the US (The Fence) and is included in the permanent collection at the Southeast Museum of Photography. Her work has also been exhibited internationally, most recently at the KINDL Centre for Contemporary Art in Berlin and the Delphian Gallery in London.