Many photographers have a distinctive expression on their faces each time they get a picture. Juergen Teller appears to be winking at his topics, a single eye closed and an impish smile on his confront. Ryan McGinley, deep in focus, seems peaceful and serene. But when Marie Tomanova puts her eye to the viewfinder, she does so with the widest grin you have at any time witnessed.
On Wednesday night time at Dashwood Guides, the youthful Czech expat was grinning from ear to ear for about a few straight hours as she celebrated the launch of her new monograph, New York New York. A line of individuals ready to get their guides signed stretched out of the keep, which was packed with lots of of the very same young and beautiful faces identified in the pages of her publications. (Tomanova’s to start with, Younger American, was printed in 2019 and rapidly turned a collector’s product.) New York is a portrait of the city’s new experience: the Zoomer club young ones, skaters, musicians, models, and artists who have carved out a scene south of Delancey Road. Some are captured in peaceful moments in their bedrooms, many others in chance encounters on the avenue or at artwork openings or events. And when some are photographed in small or no garments at all, the guide is at its core a profound celebration of private design and style and a era which is discovering alone in radical expression.
At Dashwood, several e-book signing attendees showed up seemingly dressed for Tomanova, which is to say they looked great and everyday and absolutely like them selves. As Tomanova signed guides, the crowd of supporters younger and outdated mingled and mixed on the sidewalk. Alain Levitt, the famous aughts avenue photographer, was there to doc the scene—and Marie’s energy-providing smile. —Samuel Hine