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 - style with meaning - whether in a historic or a seemingly mundane moment. I've divided my life between two continents, so I relish discovering both contrasts and commonalities that are often just under the surface.
My camera defines my geography - from the minutiae of life across the States, to that in Eastern Europe, Latin America, 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 additionally diversifying the content of 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.