Yelena Yemchuk

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Yelena Yemchuk
Born (1970-04-22) April 22, 1970 (age 48)
Kiev, Ukraine
EducationParsons School of Design ArtCenter College of Design
OccupationPhotographer, painter, film director
Partner(s)Ebon Moss-Bachrach
Children2

Yelena Yemchuk (Ukrainian: Єлена Ємчук, born April 22, 1970) is a Ukrainian professional photographer, painter and film director, best known for her work with The Smashing Pumpkins.

Early life[edit]

Born in Kiev, Ukraine to an athlete and a teacher, her family moved to Brooklyn, New York when Yelena was in her early teens.[1] Before emigrating to the United States, Yemchuk would spend her summers in a culturally significant recreational area in Kiev along the Dnieper River called Gidropark, which would later become the inspiration for her 2011 book by the same name.[1] Yemchuk describes the area as a "Soviet version of Coney Island" during the summer when woods and waterfronts of the area are turned into a playground.[2]

She studied at Parson School of Design in New York City and at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, CA.[2]

Career[edit]

Yemchuk directed or co-directed the videos for "Zero" and "Thirty-Three". In addition, she handled art direction for the Adore album and its related singles. Her photographs appear in the "Zero" EP, The Aeroplane Flies High box set, and the Rotten Apples compilation. She received an art direction credit for the 2000 Smashing Pumpkins album Machina/The Machines of God, and appeared in the video for the song "Stand Inside Your Love". She also provided the photography for albums by Savage Garden and Rufus Wainwright. Her fashion photography is featured in the September 2010 Urban Outfitters catalog.

She has exhibited her paintings at the Dactyl Foundation.[3] Her paintings "displays her uniquely surrealist approach to art with satiric storytelling and undeniable Eastern European influences".[4]

Her current focus on fashion photography began in 1997. Since then, Yemchuk has contributed to Italian and Japanese Vogue, The New Yorker and W, and has shot advertising campaigns for Kenzo, Cacharel and Dries Van Noten.[5]

She was involved with Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan from 1995 to about 2003. Throughout 2004, Corgan mentioned her frequently in his blog, and she also provided the cover art for his book Blinking with Fists.

In 2011, Yelena published her first book, Gidropark.[1] This book allows audiences to see a more personal side of Yemchuk, given that most of her body of work revolves around portraiture and fashion photography.[2] The photos published within the book were taken during the summers of 2005 through 2008.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Yemchuck has two daughters with actor Ebon Moss-Bachrach, who is best known for his role in the HBO television series Girls. Yemchuk and Moss-Bachrach currently reside in Brooklyn, NY.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "About Yelena Yemchuk - Yelena Yemchuk". www.yelenayemchuk.com. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  2. ^ a b c Lokke, Maria (2011-06-10). "A Soviet Coney Island: Yelena Yemchuk's "Gidropark"". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  3. ^ Dactyl Foundation
  4. ^ Beyond Surrealism The Mystical World of Artist Yelena Yemchuk, in Psychopedia
  5. ^ Photo District News, The Romance of Yelena Yemchuk
  6. ^ "Yelena Yemchuk | Biography | Gitterman Gallery Web Site". www.gittermangallery.com. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  7. ^ Ryzik, Melena (2015). "Talking With Ebon Moss-Bachrach of 'Girls'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-05-02.

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