Donna De Cesare, journalist, photographer and American Professor, takes us by the hand into the violent maelstrom lived by thousands of Central American families from Guatemala and El Salvador, to Los Angeles, California in the United States. .. Her exceptional photographs open a window jolting us with a déjà vu, but her texts remind us of words from The Little Prince [by Saint-Exupéry] revealing “the essential that is invisible to the eyes.” As [De Cesare] states: knowing when to put down the camera is as important as knowing when to photograph.
--Julie Lopez, La Opinión, Los Angeles (translated from Spanish)
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…..