I am a Bulgarian-born nocturnal creature, now mostly occupying New York and Chicago. The spark that wakes 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, whether in a historic or a seemingly mundane moment. Because I've spent my life between two continents, it is not only in the chase for style and meaning that I find satisfaction, but also in discovering both contrast and commonality, often just under the surface.
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 The New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Bloomberg, Getty Images, 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 and the International Women's Media Foundation, and an exhibit in Bulgaria's National Gallery of Art.