By Irina Rozovsky in New Photography on Saturday 4 February 2012

Yola Monakhov’s project Empire Pictures weaves together images loosely connected to the Hudson River and her depictions of people leave me stunned. This photographer’s heightened interest in and sensitivity to the lives of others give her subjects dignity and importance. Strangers she has met in passing seem to be sharing openly with her camera what we are too shy to admit to ourselves. Somehow, they are as curious about her as she is about them.

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