Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
Federica was born in Rome, Italy in 1983, but spent most of her adult life between Boulder, Co., Washington, D.C. and Brooklyn, New York. Since 2010, Federica has been a freelance news photographer based in between New York City, but sharing her time also between Rome, Italy and Jerusalem, Israel. Her photos have appeared in the New York Times, TIME Magazine, ELLE Magazine, Haaretz, Biber Magazine, and on a number of Italian newspapers such as: La Repubblica, Il Corriere della Sera, La Gazzetta dello Sport, La Stampa, Il Secolo XIX, Panorama and L’Espresso.
Federica’s photography and personal projects both focus on people. Her fascination with humans– particularly those who find self-expression difficult in a world full of societal (and in some cases, personal) taboos – is rooted in her own unique and challenging experience as an Italian immigrant in a foreign country.
When she is not shooting on assignment, or at her desk editing pictures, she can be found teaching Dharma Yoga classes in Brooklyn or training for the next marathon.
- Video editing
Daughters of the King
"Daughters of the King" is my long-time photography project on the women of G-d, the ones “who bare the children of the Torah,” the pillars of the Jewish traditions. "Daughters of the King" is a journey through the voices of orthodox Jewish women from Brooklyn to Jerusalem to Paris, to Morocco and Tunisia. "Daughters of the King" is an adventure that started three years ago as a photography workshop assignment and turned into a self-discovery tale to find my voice as a Jewish woman through the nashamas of these religious women. I do not choose the women I end up photographing. They choose me. It feels like a magnetic force attracts me to them and lets them open up to me as if they had been waiting for me all along.
Once upon a time there was a group of cyclists who liked to play hard. They enjoyed playing hard so much that they started racing bikes at night. The night factor was not enough for them. So they decided to race without gears and brakes, this way they had to keep total control of their vehicle at top velocity without external aids. Yet, something was still missing: A circuit where to race in and not any criterium, a technically challenging and narrow as a water stream criterium with additional cobble stones and gravel to eliminate the “ones with no hair on their chest,” sort-of-speak. This is how in 2008 the Red Hook Fixed gear bike Criterium was born on the gravel-like and winding roads of Red Hook, a south east neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York for the birthday celebration of David August Trimble, a rider from that areas who is not the main organizer and director of Trimble Racing. In the past seven years the Red Hook Crit has also been brought to Italy and Spain.
New Square, Upstate, New York in one of the most religious Chassidic communities encompassing mostly post-war, holocaust survivors from Hungary who first moved to Williamsburg and later decided to migrate in the calmer country side where they could better obey the teachings of their Rebbi. Kal, or Kalmy as his mother Yenty calls him, comes from New Square, Upstate, New York. But, he left Skvira when he was 11 for "many reasons" he says. "The sexual abuses were not all of them. I did not get answers to many of my questions of why all of a sudden I had to wear a black kippa and not a colored one, why we had to wear a longer coat and not a short one, or why we were not allowed to read the part about sexuality within the Torah."