About the artist behind the lens
Avi is an award-winning photographer, circus artist, and CODA (Child of Deaf Adults).
Growing up in Rochester, NY, Avi spent his youth bouncing between a fascination with animation and a playful obsession with juggling and gymnastics. That interest eventually brought him to Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he studied Graphic Design and New Media before the lack of physical movement prompted him to audition for ’École de cirque de Québec in Quebec City, Canada. After two years of intensive training, he landed a job with Cirque du Soleil and began working as an acrobat and fire juggler in Les Chemins Invisibles. After the show ended, he traveled to Italy to study tumbling and Cyr wheel at FLIC Scuola di Circo. A few years later, he moved back to the USA to join the international touring company PUSH Physical Theatre where he worked for eight years as a performer and choreographer.
In parallel to his international performing career, he worked on photo and video shoots; soon what started as a few odd jobs turned into a passion to create images and video with some of the world’s best circus artists, dancers and Grammy award-winning artists.
Avi currently resides in Rochester, NY and runs the media production company Photo Pryntz. When he is not running Photo Pryntz, performing, or working on his book. He can be found directing, lecturing at universities, and volunteering for the organization, Deaf Refugee Advocacy.