I am a Bulgarian-born, Chicago-bred, Brooklyn-based photographer. The spark that drives me is my passion for photography, writing, music, the economic and political state of the world, and genuine, interesting, kind people. It is my ultimate motivation to create pictures that combine unique aesthetics with a strong narrative, style with meaning — whether in a historic or a seemingly mundane moment. Because I've spent my life between two continents, I find great satisfaction in discovering both contrasts and commonalities, just under the surface of things.
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 serving as an additional source to diversify 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.