Dina Litovsky: Where the Amish Vacation
Project Statement:Every winter, Amish and Mennonite travelers from all over the United States and Canada set out on an overnight bus journey heading from Ohio and Indiana to Pinecraft, a tiny community in Sarasota, Florida. Starting out as a tourist camp in the 1920s, Pinecraft has since become a popular vacation spot, with hundreds of people visiting each year and jokingly dubbed as “Amish Las Vegas”. The usual rules are a bit looser, turning a blind eye to the use of cell phones, cameras and bicycles. These images were photographed in the span of a sunny February weekend for The New Yorker.
Artist Bio:Dina Litovsky’s work examines social performances and group interactions in both public and private spaces. Dina was born in Ukraine and moved to New York in 1991. After receiving her bachelor degree in psychology from NYU, Dina turned to photography and earned her MFA degree in photography from the School of Visual Arts, NY in 2010.
Dina’s work has won many awards, including Poyi 74, American Photography 31, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, PDN Photo Annual, and the International Photography Awards. In 2014, Dina was selected for PDN’s 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch.
Her work has been published by TIME, The New York Times, The New Yorker, National Geographic, New York Magazine, Wired and many others. Dina is represented by Anastasia Photo gallery in NYC and Redux Images agency.