Many photographers have a clear expression on their face every time they take a picture. Jürgen Teller seemed to wink at his subjects, his eyes closed and an ominous smile on his face. Ryan McGinley, deeply focused, seems calm and calm. But when Marie Tomanova glances at the viewfinder, she does so with the widest smile you’ve ever seen.
On Wednesday night at Dashwood Books, the young Czech immigrant smiled from ear to ear for about three hours in a row as she celebrated the start of her new monograph, New York, New York. A line of people waiting to sign their books stretched out of the store, which was full of many of the same young and beautiful faces found in the pages of her books. (Tomanova’s first, A young American, was published in 2019 and quickly became a collector’s item.) new York is a portrait of the new face of the city: children from the Zoomer Club, skaters, musicians, models and artists who carved a stage south of Delancey Street. Some are filmed in quiet moments in their bedrooms, others at casual encounters on the street or at art openings or parties. And while some are photographed with little or no clothing, the book is basically a deep celebration of personal style and generation, which turns out to be radical.
At Dashwood, many book-signing visitors appeared seemingly dressed for Tomanova, which meant they looked cool and casual and looked exactly like themselves. While Tomanova was signing books, the crowd of young and old fans mingled and mingled on the sidewalk. Alain Levitt, the legendary street photographer of the Aughts, was there to document the scene — and Marie’s energetic smile. –Samuel Hein