When Donna Pinckley shared her work at PhotoNOLA is was immediately evident that she is an intuitive portrait photographer. Donna sees right into the soul of her sitter and has the ability to capture adolescents in a way that is truthful and compelling.
A native of Louisiana, Donna received a BFA in photography from Louisiana Tech University and a MFA in photography from University of Texas at Austin. She has received Visual Artist Fellowships from the Mid-America Arts Alliance/NEA and the Arkansas Arts Council. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is also included in several public collections, such as the University of Vera Cruz at Xalapa, Vera Cruz, Mexico, the Photographic Collection at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2011, she won the Gold, Silver, and Honorable Mention at the PX3 Prix De La Photographie in Paris, France as well as Honorable Mention at the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards. She is currently Associate Professor at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas.
Southern DepictionsFor over twenty years I have photographed a particular social and cultural group of children in their own environments as an endeavor in portraying them as they see themselves. The children I photograph are neighbors, children of friends or even children who are friends of previous subjects. The distinctiveness of my work is the intimate relationship between my subject and my audience. To achieve this I concentrate on each subject’s mood or feeling and ask them to place themselves in a comfortable surrounding and at times, to include something that is very personal to them.