Admired Photographer Assignment: Michael Didonna

Michael DiDonna's "Battle of the Elan" depicts a Kenyan man pulling the horns off an Elan for a ritual dance.

Michael DiDonna’s “Battle of the Elan” depicts a Kenyan man pulling the horns off an Elan for a ritual dance.

Michael Didonna is a photographer who dabbles in all realms of photography, but is most recognized for his portraits. However, I personally love all of his travel photography. The image “Battle of the Elan” is a remarkably powerful image because of the use of direct light, the depth of background and the perfect moment being captured. It raises a lot of questions about why this man is removing a dead animal’s head. Even though this image would normally be thought of as gruesome, the image is striking and beautiful with the composition and the lighting.

Michael Didonna is a native of New York and went to Hampshire College where he studied music and fine-art photography. Since then, he has worked as a photojournalist, a fashion photographer and travel photographer. He has photographed for clients like Atlantic Records and Warner Brothers, as well as Guess, Victoria’s Secret and Verizon Wireless. His photos have been published in Rolling StoneJazzTimes, and other publications. 

I really admire his photography for the distinct style it possesses as well as the power in each image. His portraits are really unique for the lighting, the capturing of a subject and use of drama in each photo.

A portrait by Michael Didonna

A portrait by Michael Didonna

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