Sasha Arutyunova is one of PDN’s 30 photographers to watch

“Immigration, opportunity, belonging: in America, these are hot-button issues. For Sasha Arutyunova, they are also deeply personal. Arutyunova was six years old when she left her native Russia for the United States, joining her mother, who had separated from her father a year earlier. Since then, Arutyunova has shuttled between the two countries, keeping a foot in both” writes PDN on one of the emerging photographers of our times.

Each year since 1999, the editors of PDN have selected 30 emerging photographers who represent a variety of styles and genres and have demonstrated a distinctive vision, creativity, and versatility. This year, the editors reviewed the work of close to 300 photographers from around the world. To be considered, the photographers must have been shooting on their own professionally for five years or less. Most were nominated by photo editors, art directors, curators, educators and fellow photographers around the world, and some were invited by editors based on work seen in promotions, portfolio reviews or photo contests.

“Having such a close connection to two cultures allows me to step back and look at them, both from the inside and the outside,”  says Arutyunova who is shooting portrait assignments for magazines -New York Times among other publications which reply heavy on the images and their symbolism. “Sasha brings a certain light and sensitivity to her work” says Alana Celii, photo editor of The New York Times Arts & Leisure section. “She’s extremely dedicated and cares immensely about the work she’s doing.”

Enter Arutyunova’s realm here and explore the rest photographers to watch as selected by PDN here

“Johnson’s pier, Mayne Island, BC (Aug. 2015)”