I am a Bulgaria-born, Chicago-bred, Brooklyn-based photojournalist and writer. The spark that drives me is my passion for creative visuals, science, music, climate change, the economic and political state of the world, the beauty of the written word, architecture, anthropology, and the true sense of equality. I aim to create visuals that combine unique aesthetics with a strong narrative, style with meaning — whether in a historic context or just beyond the surface of mundanity — and for my background in writing, reportage and multimedia to diversify my photographs.
Furthermore, as a political asylum immigrant to U.S. shores, I very much care to find a way to bridge humans’ understanding of each other — and most of all, connect the work I do as a female in a male-dominated industry behind the camera, to how women manage to thrive in the world in front of it.
My camera defines my geography, from the minutiae of life across the States, to that in Eastern Europe, Russia, Africa, the Americas, and Asia. My clients include National Geographic, Washington Post, The New York Times, Getty Images, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Bloomberg, Yahoo News, AFP, Rolling Stone, Nature mag, Discover mag, New York mag, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, TIME, USA Today, and the Chicago Tribune. I have received awards from NPPA BOP, PDN’s Photo Annual, and American Photography contests; grants to further my projects from the Pulitzer Center, the International Women's Media Foundation, Getty Images + Panasonic Lumix, and Leica Camera; and have shown work in exhibits via the International Center of Photography, Photoville, Leica Camera, and Bulgaria's National Gallery of Art. I have also taught journalism and photography courses through the Pulitzer Center, Brooklyn Public Library, NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts, and The School of The New York Times/Fordham University.
No matter the time zone or topic, you could find me at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1.630.664.1240.