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Dina Litovsky

Dina Litovsky received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from NYU and her MFA in photography from NYU’s School of Visual Arts. In 2014, she was selected for PDN’s 30 “New & Emerging Photographers to Watch.” Her work has won many awards, and has been published in Time, the New York Times, the New Yorker, New York magazine, WIRED, Esquire, National Geographic, Popular Mechanics, and elsewhere.


Dina Litovsky

Mating Rituals

Fall 2016 | Photography

In New York, the neighborhoods evolve according to the generations that claim them. In the early nineteenth century, Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, bracketed by Chelsea to the north and the West Village to the south, included a military fort and then a mixed-use neighborhood. As the city grew, working-class tenements slowly gave way to produce markets that eventually expanded to serve larger appetites. By 1900, the district boasted at least 250 slaughterhouses and packing plants, which were replaced in turn by entrepreneurs catering to different appetites altogether: underground gay clubs, leather and fetish shops, followed by bottle-service lounges and couture retail. All the while, more than a touch of that ragged grittiness has remained.