Born in Minsk, Belarus, Anna grew up in former Soviet Union where years of dance and ballet training early on began to shape her future interest in photography. During teenage years her family left behind everything they knew and immigrated to United States as political refugees. The experience involved a poverty-stricken life in the eternal city of Rome while waiting to be granted asylum in America. This left a profound impression on her psyche and as she learned how to function in the new Western system, Anna's creative expression shifted to the more solitary activity of drawing and painting.
During university years at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Anna continued to moonlight as an illustrator, making technical architecture and archeology pen-and-ink drawings for book and magazine publications. Later she transferred to Columbia College in Chicago to study graphic design and photography. Still feeling unfulfilled after a successful decade-long career in advertising, she began modest exploration of acting and creative writing courses at University of Chicago. The resulting inner discoveries led to a graduation from commercial life and a subsequent move to Tulum, Mexico. While reinventing herself as a photographer on Mexican Caribbean coast, Anna traveled extensively throughout Mexico exploring its hidden corners and deep mysteries. Yet always persisting on continued dialog with the developed world, she spent almost half her time in New York City, pursuing assisting work and learning from photography masters Bill Phelps and Bjorn Wallander, who remain important friends and mentors.
Currently based in Mexico City and Tulum, Anna's photography work is focused on showcasing the simple elegance and honest luxury of a lifestyle connected to beauty of nature. She continues to travel all over the world and recently began production work on a new documentary film project in Peruvian Amazon region.