The Erotic Eye Workshop was created by Donna Ferrato and Tomeu Coll in 2015. It is a guided tour through the world of eroticism, symbols, and fantasies. At its heart is the belief that we are born to love and be loved, and that, in the words of the late great Czech photographer Miroslav Tichý, “All of society is based on sexuality.” Photographers will not only build portfolios, but will learn about themselves and will become more attuned to visualizing with their erotic eye.
Donna Ferrato is a documentary photographer raised in Lorain, Ohio. She has published four books including “Living with the Enemy” that sold over 40,000 copies, and as well as participating in over 500 one-woman shows in the U.S. and around the world. Ferrato has received numerous awards, including the W. Eugene Smith Grant (1986), the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Humanistic Photography (1987), the International Women in Media Courage in Journalism Award (1996), and the LOOK3 Insightful Artist of the Year (2013), and she has worked for every major US media outlet. In November 2016, Ferrato's photograph of a man hitting his wife was named by TIME as one of the "100 Most Influential Images of All Time." She lives in Tribeca, New York, where she has been documenting her transforming neighborhood.
Tomeu Coll was born in 1981 in Mallorca, Spain. He has been the recipient of several photojournalism and documentary photography awards, including the Illes Balears Photojournalism Award for two consecutive years. He was featured as an Emerging Photographer by Smithsonian Magazine for his ongoing project “Badlands,” and has had solo shows at the Winter Festival of Sarajevo, curated by Ellen James, and at La Nacional Gallery in New York. Coll currently shoots for Stern, Der Spiegel, L'Illustre, El Mundo, Vanguardia, and other international publications.
Mark Peterson: Co-leader, Erotic Eye Los Angeles. Mark is an award-winning American photographer represented by Redux Pictures in New York. He is a regular contributor to TIME, MSNBC, New York Magazine and Politico. His monograph "Political Theatre" was released by Steidl in 2016.
Jane Evelyn Atwood: Co-leader, Erotic Eye Berlin. Jane's work reflects a deep involvement with her subjects over long periods of time. Fascinated by people and by the idea of exclusion, she has managed to penetrate worlds that most of us do not know, or choose to ignore. Jane is the recipient of many prestigious international awards, including the first W. Eugene Smith Award and the Oskar Barnack Prize. She is the author of ten books and in addition, she has worked for various international media and humanitarian organizations.
Karen Kuehn: Co-leader, Erotic Eye Mallorca. Born 1959 in Long Beach, California, Karen has been creating photography since 1979. Her celebrity portraits cover iconic personalities from Muhammad Ali to Barbara Walters. Her work is familiar to readers of Time, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, People, and the NYT Magazine. She has provided the dramatic visuals that have made so many national ad campaigns sing. A beautiful monograph of Karen's work, Maverick Camera, was published in the fall of 2016.
Javier Carbajal: Videographer, Erotic Eye Berlin. Javier is a freelance photojournalist whose work focuses on social conflicts around the world. Since 2011 he has worked on political issues, the impact of environmental disasters, uprisings and revolutions in countries like Peru, Bolivia, Ghana, Spain, etc. He is a cofounder of OM Colectivo and was recently awarded an Emerging Talent 2016 by Getty Images.
Marine Penvern: Videographer, Erotic Eye Mallorca. Marine is a French-born artist and fashion designer who calls New York City her home.
Cate Dingley: Agent 1, Erotic Eye Trilogy. Cate is a Brooklyn-based photographer whose work has been recognized by American Photography, the Center for Documentary Studies, and the Brooklyn Arts Council, and she has exhibited nationally. Cate tries her best to keep the workshop from descending into total chaos, though she acknowledges that some good healthy chaos is inevitable with Donna and Tomeu on the loose.
The Erotic Eye Environment
A house where all the photographers live together; an 18th century farmhouse with a chapel and swimming pool in Inca; a noble's manor built 1609 surrounded by peacocks and sheep in Gustrow; a ranch in Joshua Tree desert and a merry prankster moon bus. Rich local food and wine, cooked in the kitchen with friends. Discussion and editing late into the night. Surprising things happen, true to a photographer's life.