Many photographers have a different face every time they take a picture. Jয়েরrgen Taylor seems to be looking at his subjects, with one eye closed and a faint smile on his face. Ryan McGinley, with deep attention, looks peaceful and serene. But when Marie Tomanova looks at the viewfinder, she does it with the biggest smile you’ve ever seen.
At Dashwood Books on Wednesday night, the young Czech expatriate smiled from ear to ear for about three hours as he celebrated the opening of his new monograph. New York, New York. A line of people waiting to get their book signed extended outside the store, filled with the same young and beautiful faces found on the pages of his book. (Tomanova’s first, Young American, Was published in 2019 and quickly became a collector’s item.) New York A portrait of the new face of the city: children, skaters, musicians, models and artists at the Zuma Club who carved a scene south of Dalencia Street. Some are captured in quiet moments in their bedroom, others face opportunities on the street or at an art or party. And while some are photographed in very little or no attire, the book is in its core part a deep celebration of personal style and a generation that finds itself in radical expression.
At Dashwood, many book-signing participants appeared to be apparently dressed for Tomanova, which meant they were cool and casual and perfectly like themselves. As Tomanova signed the book, crowds of fans young and old mingled and mingled on the sidewalk. Legendary street photographer Allen Levitt was there এবং and Marie’s energy-giving smile. –Samuel Heine