Daria Bonera founded and runs DB agency and represents a range of mostly female Italian photographers. She has worked as an agent for the last fifteen years and has been a TPOTY judge for the last four. We chatted to her about her journey into the world of photography as well as her own visual influences.
Please can you tell us a little bit about your career to date?
My mother, Grazia Ippolito, who is a portrait photographer, passed on the passion for photography to me. From an early age, I was fascinated by this incredible medium as it gives you the opportunity to know and tell stories. I was her ‘assistant’ when she was on assignment photographing writers and I also helped her with the editing. It was all film-based and another job I had was to put the label with her name on the frame of the slides.
How did you become an agent?
Although I love photography and I feel the need to know the world through it, I have never felt the desire to be a photographer myself. But everything around this wonderful medium has always fascinated me: the search for subjects, the creative aspect, the realisation and the valorisation.