Born in Latvia, raised and educated in Moscow and presently living and working as a visual artist in Florida, Irina is attracted to the challenges of different subject matters from the exploration of the complex political and social consequences of regime change in Post Communist Russia to the physiological challenges of portraiture or an attempt to probe the sensibility and techniques of pictorial aesthetics at the turn of the 20th century.
Irina began photographing professionally in 1996 while living and working in Eritrea, North Africa. She was covering stories on HIV orphans and different aspects of social marketing in Eritrea and later in Guinea, West Africa. From 1999 to 2001 she spent two years living in China and one year in the Russian Far East working there as a freelance photographer. Upon returning back to the USA she enrolled in an MFA program in photography and graduated in 2007 from the Maine Media College, Rockport, Maine.
Irina Dakhnovskaia-Lawton is represented by several galleries and is working full time as a fine art photographer. Presently she resides in Weston, Florida