Meet the judges… Daria Bonera

Photographers’ agent, mentor and competition judge; a job in the world of photography isn’t just about making pictures.

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.

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By Diana Jarvis

Diana is a writer and editor at Eye for the Light. She has a BA in History of Art and an MSc in Environment and Sustainability and has worked in travel publishing for 18 years as a photographer, book designer and writer for a wide range of publications. She’s also the Publishing and Photography Director at the British Guild of Travel Writers and undertakes travel and tourism photography commissions. You can see her work at