Yana Toyber doesn’t remember the two years she spent in her native Ukraine before her parents moved to Brighton Beach, but her photography nevertheless betrays an outsider’s eye, a hard-edged Eastern-bloc poetry.
Her sense of grace and form—specifically the female form—was honed in part at the School of American Ballet, which she attended on scholarship as a teenager. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts, Yana has flitted through Manhattan’s art and fashion circles for more than a decade, chronicling the city’s culture and nightlife for such publications as The Fader and Vanity Fair. Her work has appeared in museums and galleries including the International Center of Photography, Kodak Eastman House, and the Soho photo gallery. She has been profiled in W, Zoo, and Modern Painters.
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