MARIE TOMANOVA CZECH REPUBLIC, b. 1984
Marie Tomanova was born and raised in Mikulov, a small border town in the Czech Republic, where she earned a masters degree in painting. She later attended photography classes at New York City’s School of Visual Arts (SVA), where she discovered the medium that would allow her to channel her creative spirit to the fullest. Using a point-and-shoot camera, she developed an up-close-and-personal style of photography, dovetailing nicely with her personal goal of building friendships when she first moved to NYC in 2012, a motivation that continues to inspire her. Her candid photos, shot on film with no subsequent manipulation, are a natural expression of these relationships. The intimacy of her connection with her subjects is apparent in the tender, vulnerable moments she captures on film.