Anthropologie, Ralph Lauren, Neiman Marcus, Italian Vogue, British Elle, British Vogue, British Brides, Cosmopolitan, French Marie Claire, Italian Vogue, Italian Glamour, Italian Marie Claire, L'Officiel, Natori, Australian Vogue, Vogue Sposa and WWD
Donna DeMari is an American born photographer who began her career in Milan, Italy shooting fashion editorial. Self taught, she bought her first camera at the age of eighteen after singing up for a photojounalism course in college. Inspired by Sarah Moon, she took her first trip to Milan at the age of 19, where she was introduced to Toscani, who encouraged her to shoot fashion. DeMari spent several more years in New York and then made a move to Europe. She would then spend 15 years living between Paris, London, and Milan.
DeMari began working for such prestigious magazines as Italian Vogue, French Marie Claire Bis, British Elle, British Bride's, L'Officiel, Australian, German, and British Vogue among others. During these years she traveled the globe working in such locations as Thailand, Japan, Australia, Bali, and Hong Kong. She has photographed many well known persons such as Kate Moss, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Helena Christenson.
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.
Clients in New York include Anthropologie, Natori, Neiman Marcus and WWD among many others.
Chosen by Anthropologie to do a piece for their website "The Anthropologist", an online space which seeks to promote creativity in the world through the passion of inspiring individuals, DeMari's tribute to her beloved labradors launched the site in June.
Two years later, DeMari realized a very personal dream. Her book "Luke and Forrest -My Saviors, My Salvation" was 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.
"I am so incredibly honored and humbled to announce that my precious book
"Luke and Forrest My Saviors, My Salvation" has won a Gold Medal for Outstanding Book of the Year 2013
This is my first solo book and one that I had envisioned doing throughout the life I shared
with my beloved labrador retrievers, Luke and Forrest
This is the greatest honor I could ever receive" Donna DeMari
DeMari has also 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 has been photographing horses for more than two decades, the result of a love affair with horses that began at the age of four. Her horse photographs were discovered by Ralph Lauren and currently being displayed within their stores worldwide.
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.
Her recent interview for Equestrian Life's program "For the Love of Horse" is currently airing on HRTV and can be viewed at equestrianlife.com.
DeMari has a great passion for basketball and the last several has expanded her interest into photographing sports as well.