"I picked up a camera when I was 15. In my
native Russia, I was a photography teacher and specialized in documentary
photography. I earned a diploma in photography while in Russia and hold a
certificate from the International Center of Photography. I have been in the
United States since 1992 and continue to do my own documentary photography
projects both in Russia and the United States.
supposed to be in Russia on Sept.11 to photograph a family I was chronicling as
part of a personal, ongoing project. Instead, I was nearly buried alive in the
ash and debris from the World Trade Center as I documented the events of the
awarded nationally and internationally for my photographs from 9/11 including
first prize in the World Press Photo contest “People in the News” Singles
division for my photograph of survivors of the World Trade Center collapse."