Donato Di Camillo is a self-taught professional photographer known for his gritty portraits from the heart of New York City. But what makes his career different from others is that he taught himself how to use a camera in a rather unusual place – in federal prison.

While incarcerated he spent countless hours reading every book on photography he could get his hands on, and upon release he turned his focus to street photography and the people, like himself, “on the fringes of society”.

Self-proclaimed subcultures exist on the fringes of Coney Island. Travelers and train jumpers find means to maintain life against society’s rules.

via American Photo

Photos by Donato Di Camillo