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Behind The Photos That Changed How America Saw Domestic Violence | Transcendent Media Capital
It was 1981 and Donna Ferrato wanted to photograph people in love. More precisely, she was interested in swingers who frequented New York's sex clubs. And so, she found the perfect polyamorous couple to focus her lens on. They were happy, wealthy and fashionable, and welcomed her into their New Jersey home for weeks at a time so she could intimately document their lives. But one night, she witnessed something entirely unexpected: The husband brutally attacked his wife, striking her in the face. Ferrato snapped a photo thinking it would make him stop. It didn't. She sat on the undeveloped film for months, weighing what to do. Then, she began what has come to define her life's work: documenting the horrors of domestic violence. One of the most difficult aspects of policing domesticviolence—and reporting on it—is that it is almost always hidden from view. Allegations of abuse, especially in an era of trial by social media, can be