Dina Litovsky received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from New York University and her MFA in photography from NYU’s School of Visual Arts. In 2020, she received the Nannen Prize, Germany’s foremost award for documentary photography. Other awards include the PDN 30, New and Emerging Photographers to Watch; Picture of the Year International; NPPA Best of Photojournalism, International Photography Awards and American Photography. She is a regular contributor to TIME, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and GQ magazine.
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.