Unsettled/Desasosiego humanizes a problem that is so great it feels insurmountable. Her [ De Cesare's ] photographs and stories show us the war from the inside and remind us of the confusing reality that there is no clear line between the good and the bad guys.
--Miss Rosen, Le Journal de la Photographie (English)
While other photographers chased conflicts across the globe, Ms. De Cesare was preoccupied with a different question: what happens when the war ends... “Unsettled / Desasosiego” (University of Texas Press), is an urgent and moving work that chronicles those who grew up amid political wars, gang wars or both. It is a look back on lives that were lost, and some who triumphed, during her many years in the region.
“Be a human first and a journalist second,” Donna De Cesare once told me. Even before she became my professor at the University of Texas, Austin, I had been well aware of De Cesare’s work and the recognition it had earned her — like a Fulbright fellowship and the Dorothea Lange prize from Duke University — so I was pretty daunted by the time I enrolled…..