Toropets, Russia in August 2015

b. 1988 Novosibirsk, Russia → Birmingham, AL → Charlottesville, VA → Journalism School at Mizzou
→ Paris, FR → New York, NY → Lebanon, NH → New York, NY → Los Angeles, CA.

Along the way I've earned six NPPA multimedia editing awards, an ASME honor and one Edward R. Murrow regional award in collaboration with KBIA. I've worked at several newspapers and magazines as a staff photographer or editor including the Valley News in New Hampshire and Quadra Media Group in New York. I attended the University of Missouri's photojournalism program and have a degree in American Studies from Columbia University in New York. I am currently in the Graduate Film and Television Production program at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, where I am learning how to direct films.

I'm primarily interested in the intersections of gender of race with capitalism in the American story. I also love nature and thinking about the push and pull between people and their environments. Most often you can find me brainstorming ways to make movies about the Civil War that don't suck.

I am at work on a long-term book project about gender and rap music here in America but am also available for commissioned photography and editing work. Clients include the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, ESPN The Magazine, NPR.org, Wondereur, VICE, Rolling Stone, and others. Please don't hesitate to get in touch.

 CONTACT: +1 917 783 0108 / polina.yamshchikov@gmail.com