Last night I was browsing through New York Magazine’s list of the 101 best places to eat at in New York (you can see the list for yourself here). Being an Angeleno though, most of these restaurants are pretty unfamiliar, save for a few of the old classics and the David Chang empire. What really caught my eye were the photos sprinkled throughout the feature, masterfully taken by Pari Dukovic.
Dukovic was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1984, then moved to the U.S. in 2002 to study at the Rochester Institute of Technology to receive formal training in photography. He now lives and works in Brooklyn and he’s taking some of the best photos I’ve seen in a while. What I personally love in his photos is all the grit and grain that comes from shooting with film, coupled with his over saturated colors or his super high contrast black and whites. A lot of his images take a moment to soak in, like you’re not sure what you’re looking at right away. Some of you might remember this recent image of a ballerina from NY Mag’s Reasons To Love New York Right Now. I didn’t realize it was him, I didn’t think to look, but now I understand why I loved it so much.