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Ukrainian archival photography

The project "Ukrainian Archival Photography" is a non-commercial initiative of the public organization "Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers" (UAPP). The project aims to research and popularize Ukrainian archival photography, to create a comprehensive vision of the development of photography in Ukraine, as well as to promote the culture of preservation and research of the photographic heritage.

The tasks of the project are:

  1. Promotion of the Ukrainian cultural product and historical and cultural heritage.

  2. Study, preservation, and popularization of intangible cultural heritage, namely - the creativity of Ukrainian photographers and the history of Ukrainian photography.

  3. Creation of a quality product that will contribute to the formation of Ukrainian identity and the creation of a positive image of Ukraine and Ukrainians.

"At one time, the Bolsheviks managed to pretend that until 1917, there was no Ukrainian photography," says Mstyslav Chernov, the CEO of the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers. "And the talented Ukrainian craftsmen of the first quarter of the 20th century (well known in Europe, by the way) turned out to be forgotten in Ukraine. We have only started working with archives; it's a vast layer. As a first step, we'd like to at least draw attention and remind that there's also such a page in Ukrainian art."

(Note: The translation provided aims to preserve the meaning and context of the original text, though slight adjustments were made for clarity and natural English expression.)

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