Donna DeMari is an American born photographer who began her career in Milan, Italy. Photography is more than her passion, it is a way of seeing and living creatively.
Self taught, she bought her first camera at the age of eighteen after signing up for a photojournalism course in college. Inspired by the French photographer Sarah Moon, DeMari took her first trip to Milan at the age of 19, where she was introduced to Oliviero Toscani, the Italian photographer and art director who encouraged her to shoot fashion. She spent several more years in New York , eventually moving to Europe , where she would spend 15 years living between Paris, London, and Milan, shooting fashion editorial during the golden age of the supermodel. DeMari began working for such prestigious magazines as Italian Vogue, British and German Vogue, French Marie Claire, British Elle and British Bride's. During these years she traveled the world on assignment to countries including Thailand, Japan, Sri Lanka, and Australia. She has photographed many well known persons such as Kate Moss, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Helena Christensen Returning to New York, DeMari became the first woman to shoot the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, shooting in Bali and Hong Kong in 1995 and Costa Rica in 1996. She was featured in the ABC television special "The Making of the Swimsuit Edition", and the focus of a special segment on VH1 Fashion Television, which explored her views as a female fashion photographer. During the years shooting supermodels, DeMari photographed equine subjects wherever she encountered them, the result of a love affair that began at age four. Her equine photographs invite you to engage with both the physical strength .
and innate beauty of the horse. While no two images are alike, each captures the power, grace and movement of the horse while artfully exposing specific features of their individual personalities. Six years ago, Ralph Lauren discovered DeMari's horse images and they have been decorating the windows and walls of Ralph Lauren stores around the world ever since. www.donnademariequinephotography.com Her other clients in New York have included Anthropologie, Natori, Neiman Marcus and WWD among many others. DeMari has published 5 books with renowned author Laura Chester.These include "Holy Personal", "Sparks", "Eros and Equus" (Willowcreek Press), "Heartbeat for Horses" (Willowcreek Press) and Riding Barranca. She also realized a very personal dream with her book "Luke and Forrest -My Saviors, My Salvation" published by Willowcreek Press in November 2012. "Luke and Forrest" is both a photographic and written retrospective on the life of her labrador retrievers. It brought her a prestigious IPPY Award- Independent Publisher's Book Award in 2013 in the Independent Voice category, honoring most heartfelt, unique, outspoken and experimental among 5000 entries. DeMari has exhibited across the country in numerous galleries. She is represented by the Staley wise Gallery in New York and the Jeanne Chisholm Gallery in Palm Beach -Wellington, Florida.