Tania D'avignon

Photographic Exhibit

June 10 - June 18, 2000

PHOTOGRAPHS OF TANIA D'AVIGNON TO BE FEATURED AT THE UKRAINIAN INSTITUTE OF AMERICA - New York, N.Y. Renowned creative photographer and photojournalist Tania D'Avignon will be exhibiting a photographic essay of Ukraine in a show entitled "Kaleidoscope Ukraine" at the Ukrainian Institute sponsored by the Daria Hoydysh Endowment for the Arts. The show will feature over 150 pieces offering a unique insight into contemporary life in Ukraine spanning a time period shortly before the collapse of the Soviet Union through transition to the present-day following the establishment of an independent Ukrainian state. Ms. D'Avignon's photographs are infused with an emotional sensitivity and a musicality of the rarest order. Grounded in real life, there is an irresistable humanity about them.

The exhibit will be on display at the Ukrainian Institute of America - 2 East 79th Street (5th Avenue) from Saturday, June 10th through Sunday, June 18th 2000. An opening reception will be held on Friday, June 9th from 6:00-9:00 p.m; gallery hours are 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. daily (closed on Monday).


Born in Lviv, Tania and her family emigrated to the United States when she was a child to Baltimore, Maryland. Upon completing a degree in journalism and art, Tania traveled extensively throughout the world as an independent photographer, and following several trips to Ukraine in the late 1960's, decided to focus her artistic endeavors on capturing the essence of Ukraine- the country of her roots. This proved to be a very successful and fulfilling path as Tania worked with National Geographic in Ukraine and Krym (Crimea) on various journalistic projects in the late 1980's and early 1990's. In 1989, Tania was bestowed a great honor by being the first Western photo journalist invited to display her works in a feature exhibit. In addition, her photographs have appeared frequently in Time-Life, USA Today and the Worldbook Encyclopedia of Artists. Since 1991, Tania has been asked to photograph many Ukrainian officials as Presidents Kravchuk and Kuchma. Recently, Tania has served as the personal photographer to numerous US officials upon their state visits to Ukraine including President Clinton and Secretary of State Madelaine Albright.