Capturing the “Eastern European Coney Island”

Photo by Yelena Yemchuk

Yelena Yemchuk is most known for her fashion and music photography, as seen in places like Italian Vogue, W and Dazed and Confused. Before she emigrated to the US at 11, she spent her summers at a resort area in Kiev called Gidropark, which she describes as an Eastern European Coney Island. Recently she spent three summers there, photographing the carefree and sunbathing denizens on a 35-mm camera. The result is her book, Gidropark, out now, which shows a lovely mixture of quirky, evocative scenes. An exhibit of selected works is at the Gitterman Gallery in New York through September.

To see more of her work, go to Photo Booth or La Lettre.

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