I graduated from the documentary and PJ program at the International Center of Photography and participated in the Eddie Adams Workshop and the Missouri Photo Workshop.
I am a regular contributor to Bloomberg, am represented by Redux Picture Agency and am a member of the Visura Guild.
Being of Chechen, Turkish, and Neapolitan heritage, I feel well versed in being an outsider. My perspective as an outsider has greatly informed my personal work. I've spent the last 4 years working on an ongoing long term project about the effects of the leftover Soviet internat (orphanage) system in Ukraine and exploring how the marginalized mentally and physically handicapped population struggle with integration into the community.
My project Fringe was a finalist for the 2014 LensCulture Magazine Visual Story Telling Award and was screened at the Visa Pour L'image photojournalism festival. The project was also featured in the 2015 alumni show at the International Center of Photography, which I co-curated.
I graduated from Fordham University with a degree in history and did graduate work in public health at Harvard University and conflict resolution at Seton Hall. Previously, I worked as a teacher in Poland and Italy.