Born in 1979 to a Finnish mother and a Hungarian father, Reka started painting even before she could walk or talk. This led her to New York to study painting at SVA at the age of 17. After graduating, she travelled and modelled throughout Asia and Europe and moved back to New York in 2004, commencing her career as a photographer. Today Reka creates fashion editorials, campaigns, CD covers, artistic portraits, and erotic photography. Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries in the US and Europe and appeared in a myriad of magazines, including Esquire, Vanity Fair, Tatler, Korean Cosmopolitan, and Twill. For more about Reka read the interview below and visit her website www.rekanyari.com.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
A pleasureseeking nomadic creative with a lot of spunk.
Whom do you look up to?
There are many artists I admire.. A few of them being Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Richard Avedon, Steven Klein, Ellen Von Unwerth…
Are there any personalities that have contributed to your successful career path?
My mom Aino, who has always encouraged me to be creative, and think outside the box. She instilled a lot of confidence and strength in me. My husband Ian, who is not only incredibly talented, but a harsh critic as well. Keeps me on my toes.
How did your photographic career start?
I wanted to be a painter my whole life, and was studying art at SVA in NYC. I was always taking photographs of my subjects, who would sit for me to get painted, and loved it. One night a friend pointed out to me that my photos were fantastic on their own, and did not need to be recreated in oil paint. That was really a turning point in my thinking. A year later I had switched my paint brush to a camera, and have never looked back.
What was your favourite project and why?
There is no such thing. Usually my new project becomes my favorite for a minute, until I pick up something else….
Quotes and Wisdoms
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
“Well behaved women rarely make history“
How do you define creativity?
An authentic way of seeing the world that one must express in an original way.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
To keep on creating. And to not to be discouraged on the way. Create, create, create.
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as a photographer?
I would say that growing and learning new things is always a challenge. I’m not very technical, so pushing myself to be better that way is always difficult.
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
That I shouldn’t fuss about the little things.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for photography?
Probably not. If we give up our passion and creativity, we give up everything.
All images © Reka Nyari
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