Dana (distortion) Yavin was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and moved to New York City in 2000. She has a film degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York (2004) and also attended the Camera Obscura School of Art in Tel Aviv (2000). Her relentless passion for photographing live music has led to multiple physical injuries, violent ejection from music venues, and setting the trend for using step stools in the photography pit (she is five feet tall).
Dana’s work as a music photographer has been featured in a variety of media, including Rolling Stone, Billboard, relix, RollingStone.com, BrooklynVegan, SPIN, NME, NPR, Fender, the Waster, Yahoo.com, CBS local, Masterybridge.com, Rockin’on Magazine (Japan), BASSQuarterly (Germany), DRUM! Magazine, Microsoft Arts, VH1, Adult Swim, Consequence of Sound, CMJ.com and more.
Her specialty as a photographer is capturing the energy and essence of high profile bands and artists in performance. Some of the artists she has photographed include Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters, Madonna, Soundgarden, Metallica, Aerosmith, Coldplay, KISS, Bruce Springsteen, The Cure, Jack White, Jane’s Addiction, and Patti Smith.
Dana’s photographs have been exhibited in New York , Argentina, London, Japan and Miami. She had three solo exhibitions and her work was exhibited in many group exhibitions. She has also been commissioned for portraits of musicians and created album covers. In addition to her photography work, Dana has worked on numerous music videos and also wrote, directed, and edited two feature-length films: Stolen and FlatMates (winner, National Board of Review Award, 2003). Her most recent music video is for the New York City band Man Made Sun (“Belief,” 2013). She recently has been sponsored as a Loweprofessional, part of Lowepro's professional photographer program that recognizes and celebrates the work of modern, digital storytellers.
In 2018 she won the grand prize of PDN’s Ultimate Music Photography award.
Dana Distortion lives, works, and is constantly inspired... her favorite place in the world, New York City!