By leaving her husband, Mary empowered her four daughters to never tolerate abuse. St. Paul, Minnesota, 1985
Donna Ferrato (American, b. 1949)
MediumGelatin silver print
DimensionsImage : 13 1/4 x 20 in. (33.66 x 50.8 cm)
Sheet : 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 60.96 cm)
Credit LineGift of Scott Tannen
LabelDocumentary photographer Donna Ferrato has earned an international reputation for her decades-long effort to highlight the problem of domestic violence. This photograph was taken as part of a project Ferrato undertook in the 1980s to document the lives of women who survived and escaped abusive relationships. The narrative title identifies the survivor and briefly encapsulates her story. The photograph was published in Ferrato's 1991 book Living with the Enemy.