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The Ukrainian House presented the album "FLASH. Ukrainian Photography 2022-2023"

The photo book "FLASH. Ukrainian Photography 2022-2023" was created in partnership between the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers and Ukraine House. Photo by Olga Kovaleva

The publication featuring photographs by leading photographers documenting Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine was presented by Ukraine House in partnership with the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers. The book is based on photographs that were exhibited in October 2022 as part of the "FLASH" exhibition project. The goal is to preserve and disseminate evidence of the events of the war through the author's optics of leading Ukrainian photographers.

The exhibition includes 500 works by Ukrainian photographers, including members of the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers: Mstyslav Chernov (founder of UAPF), Taras Bychko, Oleksiy Furman, Pavlo Doroho, Serhiy Melnychenko, Ihor Chekachkov, Yevhen Zavhorodniy, Yurko Dyachyshyn, Iva Sidash, Yana Kononova, Sasha Maslov, Mykhailo Palinchak, Olena Hrom, Serhiy Mykhalchuk, and Serhiy Korovainyi.

Photo by Olga Kovaleva

"In shaping the drama of the album, we tried to present the full range of the authors' statements, to show a wide range of emotions - not only through war photography, but also through contemporary Ukrainian photography in general: street, studio, landscape, portrait, chamber scenes, nude," says Alisa Hryshanova, the project's curator.

In terms of idea and content, the album "Flash" conveys the reality and multilayeredness in which Ukrainians live and fight for victory.

Photo by Olga Kovaleva

Irpin, Bucha, Saltivka in Kharkiv, a mass grave in Izyum, the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station, the Ukrainian Armed Forces counteroffensive in the South - these and other images of key events of the war are presented in the publication. The starting point for the selection of photos was February 24, 2022.

Alina Hryshanova emphasizes that war photography and wartime photography are not identical phenomena: "But together they form a general picture of the tragedy, reflecting the theater of war, the heroism of resistance, people's stories, their psychological state, death and life, pain and hope."

Photo by Olga Kovaleva

"The photos that instantly spread across social media pages around the world played an extremely important role in the perception of the war," says Olga Vieru, Director of the Ukrainian House, "Their impact can hardly be overestimated, as they revealed the truth and shaped attitudes toward certain events. The emotional response to the truthful photos helped to resolve the issue of comprehensive support for Ukraine in the civilization battle on the world's leading diplomatic and political platforms."

Photo by Olga Kovaleva

Most of the copies will be distributed to government institutions and project partners to bring these testimonies to a wide audience in Ukraine and abroad. The album was published by Ukraine House with the support of Ukrgasbank. The printing house is "From a to z".


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