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Sivan Askayo
Sivan Askayo, originally from Israel, is a New York-based photo-journalist specializing in travel photography. After working few years as a Media supervisor for General Motors, she has decided to follow her passions of Photography, Writing and Traveling, and combine them all together, creating and documenting portraits of a city or a place through her lens.

She traveled throughout Europe, North and South America, Alaska, China and East Asia, looking for the complex, aesthetic and layers of a place and its people.

She is currently involved with emerging artists groups both in NY and in Tel Aviv and is attending the International Center of Photography in New York, both as a student and as a teachers' assistant.

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and her photographed articles were published in Travel, Life Style and Design Magazines in Israel.
To read more of her travel stories, please visit her travel blog.

Entries by Sivan Askayo

Finding Beauty, Religion and Heritage in São Miguel, The Azores (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 8:52 AM

For the last three years I have been traveling to Portugal to photograph its beauty.

I have been to Lisbon a numerous times, captured Porto on a rainy weekend, been to the university of Coimbra, passed through Aveiro, and wined and dined in Alentejo, the so-called Tuscany of Portugal.


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From the Wool Factory to the Rooms of Penhas Douradas Hotel

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 7:32 AM

The story of Casa das Penhas Douradas Design Hotel starts in the village of Manteigas, down the mountain hills of Serra da Estrela in Central Portugal. What used to be an abandoned building of the old Imperio Wool Factory, is now known as The Burel Factory....

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Alma Boutique Hotel in Tel Aviv (PHOTOS)

(10) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 3:13 PM

I love to visit and shoot hotels that tell a story. And if the stories are colorful and photogenic, it is even better!

One of the most intriguing, colorful and photogenic hotels I shot recently is Alma Hotel & Lounge, considered as one of the most talked about...

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A Long Weekend in Porto, Portugal (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 6:00 AM

I didn't travel to Porto for the wine or the sea food or even the churches and towers covered in Azule tiles. I traveled to Porto mostly because I had an image in my mind of colorful low-rise buildings streaming down the hills all the way to the river; an...

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Rome's Most Inviting Vintage Hotel

(2) Comments | Posted October 20, 2012 | 10:27 AM

I admit that when I travel, I'm being quite picky in choosing accommodation.

Choosing the right place for the right mood and moment makes all the difference. This is why I decided to spend my short Rome vacation in the vintage retro chic hotel RetRome, which is just...

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Naples, A City Of Contradictions (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 7:00 AM

"Napoli is like a woman you fall in love with by mistake. First, it attracts you by its magnetic passionate force, but once you experience the bad manners of the Neapolitans, you cool off."

This is how Marina, my personal tour guide, summed it all up while we...

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It Is Definitely Floral for Fashion Week (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 6:06 PM

It is definitely getting Floral for Spring of 2013, or as some may call it: Flower Power.

Don't get rid of your floral-prints clothes you have -- not yet, as the upcoming trend for Spring 2013 is going to blossom-you-away.

Whether it is a jacket, a chiffon dress, maxi...

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Summer Is The Best Time To Kiss And Tel Aviv (PHOTOS)

(17) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Lately, I'm being asked a lot about Tel Aviv.

Actually, since the 60 Minutes story on BBC, From Fear to Fortune, was broadcasted on May 20th and featured Tel Aviv as a lively and hedonistic city, there has been an increased interest in Tel Aviv. The city has...

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48 Hours In Lisbon

(2) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Truth is, I've been wanting to visit Lisbon for a while now but only got the opportunity to go there few weeks ago in June but just for 48 hours. 48 hours is really an express stay as some may say, but thanks to some insiders precious tips and sleeping...

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Palacio Belmonte: The Most Veiled Secret In Lisbon

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 8:30 AM

I love how things work out and how coincidences can sometimes run my life and get me into interesting situations. A random turn can lead into a completely new experience, as it happened to me in Lisbon. As a travel photographer who is visiting places outside my New York radius,...

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New Yorker For A Day: A Photo Session In Manhattan (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 7:00 AM

How many times have you visited New York and wanted to have at least few decent pictures of yourself in that photogenic city? How many times have you visited the city and wanted to look or feel like a real New Yorker? At least for a day or two, right?

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Feels Like Home In Paris (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 7:00 AM

There is a big difference between visiting a place as a tourist and visiting a place and feeling like a real local there. This is mainly the reason why I prefer staying in a real local apartment and not in a hotel, as fancy as the later can be when...

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London This Summer (PHOTOS)

(4) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 7:00 AM

London is a touristic city by definition. If you are planning to visit the British capital this summer, bear in mind you would hit the massive touristic crowds who come to watch the Olympics or those who come to celebrate with the British nation the Queen's...

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Barcelona, One More Time (PHOTOS)

(4) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 7:00 AM

It is not a hard thing to fall in love with Barcelona. In fact, it is quite easy.

This combination of a civilized European city with a Catalan sort of rudeness can make anyone fall in love with this city immediately.

If you are about to spend few days...

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Tres Chic And Magnifique: Mama Shelter In Paris

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 7:00 AM

So you are going to Paris...

You set the dates, you purchased flight tickets, maybe you also saved some frequent flyer milages, just in case. You wrote your to do lists, your "where to eat" and "what to buy" lists and you told the whole world that you are going...

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In Giverny: Living Claude Monet's Impressionistic Picture (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 7:45 AM

As a travel photographer, I am always inspired to take candid shots of the places and the locations I visit. In contrast with the fashion photography arena, where usually everything should be just perfect and beautiful, and in contrast with the documentary photography arena, where everything is so honest, bold...

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Six Days In Hanoi, Vietnam (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2012 | 10:00 AM

'Madam, Motor'... 'Madam, Motor' This is how most of the Vietnamese motor-bikers in Hanoi used to approach me, trying to convince me to get on their bike for a ride for a certain amount of money.

For those who didn't experience Vietnam yet, please be advised that crossing the...

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Hoi An: Once In A Full Moon (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 6:00 AM

As a travel photographer, I often find myself juggling locations, running around and skipping some cities and places just so I can be in the right place at the right moment.

This is actually what I did on February, while visiting Vietnam after Tet Holiday, the New year...

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Intimacy Under The Wires: A Different Travel Approach (PHOTOS)

(6) Comments | Posted January 11, 2012 | 6:30 AM

Like a lot of things in life, this photography project started with a random image. Like a lot of times in life, sometimes you have to get away from a place in order to rediscover it. These two sentences basically initiated my on-going photography project called "Intimacy Under...

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A Postcard From Buenos Aires (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted December 25, 2011 | 7:00 AM

In recent years, Buenos Aires has become more and more popular among tourists (not necessarily from Latin America) and, as the economy stabilized, the city has become attractive among foreign investors, too.

The question is no longer "Will I visit Buenos Aires" but "When will I." And when is now:...

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