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Several photographers have a distinctive expression on their faces just about every time they take a photo. Juergen Teller appears to be winking at his topics, a single eye closed and an impish smile on his face. Ryan McGinley, deep in concentrate, appears tranquil and serene. But when Marie Tomanova puts her eye to the viewfinder, she does so with the widest grin you’ve ever witnessed.
On Wednesday night at Dashwood Guides, the younger Czech expat was grinning from ear to ear for about three straight hrs as she celebrated the start of her new monograph, New York New York. A line of individuals waiting around to get their books signed stretched out of the shop, which was packed with lots of of the exact same young and lovely faces observed in the pages of her guides. (Tomanova’s initial, Young American, was posted in 2019 and speedily became a collector’s merchandise.) New York is a portrait of the city’s new experience: the Zoomer club youngsters, skaters, musicians, products, and artists who have carved out a scene south of Delancey Road. Some are captured in peaceful times in their bedrooms, other folks in prospect encounters on the avenue or at art openings or get-togethers. And while some are photographed in minor or no clothing at all, the reserve is at its core a profound celebration of particular style and a technology that is discovering alone in radical expression.
At Dashwood, quite a few ebook signing attendees showed up seemingly dressed for Tomanova, which is to say they seemed interesting and casual and totally like on their own. As Tomanova signed books, the crowd of followers youthful and old mingled and combined on the sidewalk. Alain Levitt, the famous aughts avenue photographer, was there to document the scene—and Marie’s electricity-offering smile. —Samuel Hine