Marie Tomanova Captures Youth and Dreams in New Book "New York New York"

Marie Tomanova Captures Youth and Dreams in New Book "New York New York"

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Marie Tomanova Captures Youth and Dreams in New Book "New York New York"

The photographer captures the freedom of youth and undeniable charm of the city V love.

The photographer captures the freedom of youth and undeniable charm of the city V love.

Text: Bella Gil

Esteemed multimedia artist Marie Tomanova is releasing her second book titled New York New York (Hatje Cantz, 2021), this month. With a foreword by musician Kim Gordon, New York New York captures the lives of New York City, and the freedom of youth combined with the mythic pull of the urban space. 

Photography by Marie Tomanova
Photography by Marie Tomanova

Shot completely by the Czech-born photographer, the photos in the book portray what it’s like to discover oneself in the city. Merging the genres of landscape and portrait, Tomanova reveals the New York City that she is immersed in, bringing to life the point of view that it offers an opportunity like no other.

Photography by Marie Tomanova
Photography by Marie Tomanova

With images varying from close-up headshots with muses boasting soft smiles and elated moments to sultry stares, the portraits of the book essentially capture a special moment in time for each subject. Subtle New York symbols also peek in the background of these photos, whether it being the facades of buildings along the street, the skyline along the river, or the ceilings of a subway car.

Photography by Marie Tomanova
Photography by Marie Tomanova

“Marie’s book is a celebration of that young community,” says Kim Gordan. “You don’t mind struggling for rent and food because you feel alive in the city. This was not really my early '80s NY, I was already old, twenty-seven. I had anxiety about the art world […] In this collection of exuberant photos Marie captures the inside look, as it is now, being “cool” is accessible to all, a New York kind of democracy.” 

Photography by Marie Tomanova
Photography by Marie Tomanova

Evoking a special portrayal of Tomanova’s own journey settling in the city and finding her own way, the images in New York New York evoke that feeling of discovering oneself in the setting of a sprawling city. The book focuses on a dream or motivation, and allows you to immerse yourself in the dreams the city may hold for you.

Photography by Marie Tomanova
Photography by Marie Tomanova

New York New York is launching at Dashwood Books on Sept. 29, and is followed by Tomanova’s solo exhibition at C24 Gallery in Chelsea opening on Oct. 7.

Credits: All Imagery Courtesy of Marie Tomanova

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