The first-ever Kyiv Photo Book festival

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“Such great number of photo books in one place has never been presented in Kyiv before – since the foundation of the city more than 1500 years ago,” says Dmitriy Krakovich, director of the Kyiv Photo Book festival. “The goal of the festival is developing a communication between authors-photographers and publishers from one side, and broad circles of art lovers and photography art lovers in Ukraine.”

The first event of its kind in Ukraine, Kyiv Photo Book festival will feature both local and international photographers, publishers and galleries, with organisations such as MOKSOP (Museum of Kharkiv School of Photography) and Rodovid Press lined up to take part. Coming at a good time for Ukrainian photographers, as image-makers such as Victor and Sergey Kochetov, Viacheslav Poliakov, and Sergey Melnitchenko attract international audiences, it’s a chance to both throw the spotlight on interesting Ukrainian photobooks, and allow the local population to see good international work. The festival will also include a programme of lectures and and events.

Kyiv Photo Book festival takes places on 08 February at IZONE Creative Community, 8 Naberezhno-Lugova St, Kyiv. Entry is free

Apartment 20, Roman Pyatkovka
Behind the Scenes, Sergey Melnitchenko
Dnipropetrovsk Photography School
Fragments of War, Dmytro Kupriyan
Here and Now, Merien Morey
Kochetov, Victor and Sergey Kochetov
Lviv – God’s Will, Viacheslav Poliakov
Taste of Poland, Anastasiia Nekypila
Teura, Sophie Jablonska
Ukraine in a Time of War, Brendan Hoffman
Ukraine. The season, Yurii Shelest
Diane Smyth

Diane Smyth is a freelance journalist who contributes to publications such as The Guardian, The Observer, The FT Weekend Magazine, Creative Review, The Calvert Journal, Aperture, FOAM, IMA, Aesthetica and Apollo Magazine. Prior to going freelance, she wrote and edited at BJP for 15 years. She has also curated exhibitions for institutions such as The Photographers Gallery and Lianzhou Foto Festival. You can follow her on instagram @dismy