Meet Yulia Zinshtein

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Born in the States, raised in Russia, Yulia studied photography in Milan, Paris and NYC. She photographs people she feels a connection with, portraying their strong characters and makes the them relatable. Her photographs mix genuine spontaneity with carefully staged moments, emulating cinematic qualities.
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I wake up and lie in bed for about an hour, snooze about 4 times before I have to get up. The only way to get myself out of bed is music or the radio.

on growing up in RUssia and moving to the New york city

Growing up in Moscow was weird, gloomy, fun, & dark. An isolated bubble but my home. New York seemed like an American version of Moscow - a big city nothing like the rest of the country, a place that’s romanticized by the people.

on becoming a photographer

I got into photography by raiding my mom’s closet and taking photos of my friend in their clothes, was a big moment for me. My style is on a fine line between set up and captured, I like to create an image as well as be inspired from the moment.
Most of my inspirations come from films. I have a folder full of screen shots from movies I watch. It can be very annoying watching at home with me as I’ll pause through out the movie to get that still.

on her favorite cameras

My favorite camera was given to me by my uncle, it’s a Canon ae-1! I’ve been using it since I was 15, can’t imagine switching over. I also starting shooting on a mini dv cassette camera which I have been obsessing over, the quality is so perfect.

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on her favorite artist Sophie calle

She's a badass woman who is unapologetic of herself and her obsessions. Her book True Stories are small stories from her life, they are so honest. I really aspire to her.

on her style

My aesthetic ranges from Sexy Carpenter (coined by my friend Tea), 80’s Mom, Disco Queen and most recently Cowgirl. Sometimes combining them all. I love cruising through Etsy like its my job but I would say the best places to shop are suburban thrift stores, I also like Mahps in Greenpoint, I always find something cute there.

on her favorite record

Pretty in Pink soundtrack was gifted to me by my first boyfriend, who knew my love of John Hughes films. It was also my first record I ever owned, I didn’t even have anything to play it on yet. It has such a good selection of 80’s hits - “If You Leave” gets me every time. I like imagining I’m in a teen movie, is that weird as a 25 year old?

on her beauty routine

I really have a specific routine, I wash my face everyday with Aveeno Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser and use Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel Bottle with Pump. I also use Desert Essence Organic Jojoba Oil. I actually try to wear more statement make up, different colored eyeshadows (I like Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow) or glitter. It’s hard for me to keep up with that because on the days I’m looking like a carpenter, I really don’t feel like standing out at all. My soul and my guts are all glitter I promise. I also use Benefit Cosmetics high beam liquid face highlighterYves Saint Laurent Beauty - Touche éclat Radiant Touch Luminizing PenBenefit Puff Off! Under Eye GelMAC Cosmetics MAC Beige/Brown EyeshadowNARS Audacious Lipstick RitaMaybelline Superstay Better Skin Powder Foundation and Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer.

  Top, Topshop ; Jeans, Wrangler ; Shoes, Nike

Top, Topshop ; Jeans, Wrangler ; Shoes, Nike

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yulia's favorite books

True Stories by Sophie Calle

The Address Book by Sophie Calle

Shock Value: A Tasteful Book About Bad Taste by John Walters

Role Models by John Walters

yulia's favorite places IN new york city

I'm a pretty lazy human being and go to places very close to my house, I go to Le Gamin maybe a little too often, Jimmy's, Ramona's and Tacos at Vamos al Tequila (Huge fan).

  Outfit, Vintage ; Backpack, Prada

Outfit, Vintage ; Backpack, Prada