In early 2022, photography duo Jean-Marc Caimi and Valentina Piccinni travelled to Ukraine to document a nation preparing for war. What they didn’t know then was that these ordinary people would be putting their newly learned skills to the test just weeks later
In the last decade, the Ukrainian art and photography scene has been growing and developing.
The Euromaidan revolution in 2014 triggered and incentivised artists to reclaim their Ukrainian cultural heritage, distinguishing themselves from the Russian attributes that have persisted for many years. With the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, understanding the country’s cultural nuances is more important than ever.
In this collection you will find the work of Ukrainian artists documenting youth culture, society, personal stories and politics. Since Ukraine gained independence from the USSR in 1991, the celebration of tradition and identity, old and new, has flourished. There are event highlights, such as Bird in Flight festival, Kyiv Photo Book Festival and Odesa Photo Days. And, features on some of Ukraine’s most well-known photographers, including Boris Mikhailov, Yelena Yemchuk and Maxim Dondyuk.
Indeed, there are also projects shot by the likes of Christopher Nunn, Mark Neville Wiktoria Wojciechowska and David Denil, who became enamoured with Ukraine, its people and its story.
Since the beginning of 2022, many Ukrainian documentary and fine art photographers have also become photojournalists overnight, choosing to remain in their war-torn country to document the horrors taking place in their home. BJP’s April 2022 issue contains a number of interviews which unpack this very topic in a special section about Ukraine. It also highlights the plight of the Ukrainian people to remain a sovereign nation, against all odds.