I am a Bulgaria-born, Chicago-bred, Brooklyn-based photojournalist and writer. The spark that drives me is my passion for creative + meaningful visuals, science, music, climate change, the economic and political state of the world, classical literature, and the true meaning of equality. I aim to create pictures that combine unique aesthetics with a strong narrative, style with meaning — whether in the context of history or beyond the surface of mundanity. Because I've split my life between two continents, I find great satisfaction in discovering both contrasts and commonalities in people and their ideas.
My camera defines my geography — from the minutiae of life across the States, to that in Eastern Europe, Russia, Africa, and Asia. My current and past clients include National Geographic, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Bloomberg, Getty Images, Yahoo News, AFP, Rolling Stone, Nature mag, Discover mag, New York mag, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, TIME, USA Today, and the Chicago Tribune, with my background in writing, reportage, and multimedia diversifying the content in my photo stories. I've received grants to further my projects from the Pulitzer Center, the International Women's Media Foundation, Getty Images + Panasonic Lumix, and an exhibit in Bulgaria's National Gallery of Art, and have taught or spoken via the Pulitzer Center, at Brooklyn Public Library, NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts, and The School of The New York Times/Fordham University.