Life during wartime through Ukrainian photography
With the devastating situation in Ukraine, Trigger has been thinking what it could do to amplify photographers on the ground and those documenting protests around the world. We would like to invite you to follow Ukrainian photographers to get their view on the situation and what it’s like to work as a photographer in a war situation: personally and professionally. We encourage you to take note of them. It is another way to stay informed and offer support. This has no intention of being a ‘database’; it constitutes a simple gesture to share profiles from photographers and channels we think are crucial and interesting.
Our call runs parallel with Mark Neville’s instagram post on working with Ukrainian photographers. Neville is a British photographer, who has an Ukrainian press pass.
Some weeks ago, he stated:
‘Instead of sending more and more and more reporters from abroad, who do not understand the situation or the language or how to move around, contact me and either I will do it for you for no or little money, or I will connect you with amazing Ukrainian photographers who will do a better more accurate job than any of us.’
Neville just launched a book called Stop Tanks With Books (Nazraeli Press, 2022) which ‘calls on the international community to urgently support Ukraine and help deter further Russian invasion’.#Stoptankswithbooks
Besides enlisting the photographers and their instagram accounts, this page commemorates seven journalists/photojournalists and filmmakers who died covering this war till today.
Last but not least, we add a selection of links from arts initiatives, independent, general and grassroots press and donation initiatives.
Photographers who are currently in Ukraine and covering the war for different channels:
Julia Kochetova @seameer
Igor Chechakov @chekachkov
Ivor Prickett @ivorprickett
Evgeniy Maloletka @evgenymaloleka
Maxim Dondyuk @maximdondyuk
Mikhail Palinchak @mpalinchakphoto
Katya Moskalyuk @kathryn_moskalyuk
Justyna Mielnikiewicz @justmiel
Natalie Keyssar @nataliekeyssar, Anna liminowicz @annaliminowicz, Steph Glinski @stephglinski, Paula Bronstein @pbbphoto, Francesca Volpi @Francesca_volpi_photo, Laurence Geai @laurencegeai, Erin Trieb @erintrieb, Heidi Levine @heidi_levine, Alina Smutko @alina_smutko, Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl, Ioana Moldovan @ioanacmoldovan, Zuzana Gogová @zuzkagogova, Jędrzej Nowicki @jnowickiphoto, Maciek Nabrdalik @macieknabrdalik, Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario, Emilio Morenatti @emilio_morenatti, Tyler Hicks @tylerhicksphoto, Brendan Hoffman @hoffmanbrendan, Sergey Ponomarev @sergeyponomarev, Emile ducke @emileducke, Nanna Heitmann @nannaheitmann, Alex Lourie @alexlourie.photo, Aris Messinis @aris.messinis, Justin Yau @justinnyau, Oksana Parafeniuk @oksana_par, Anastasia Vlasova @sia_vlasova, Nicole Tung @nicoletung
Maks Levin, a Ukrainian photojournalist, was killed by two shots from small arms in the Kyiv region.
Mantas Kvedaravičius, a Lithuanian filmmaker, was killed in Mariupol, reported, a camera still in his hands.
Oleksandra Kuvshynova, 24yr old Ukrainian producer for FOX news was killed as their vehicle was met by Russian shelling.
Pierre Zakrzewski, a FOX news cameraman, was killed, the vehicle hit by Russian shelling near Kyiv.
Brent Renaud, an American journalist, was shot and killed by Russian forces in Ukraine.
Oksana Baulina, a Russian reporter for The Insider, was killed in Kyiv shelling.
Evgeny Sakun, a Ukrainian cameraman for the LIVE TV channel, was killed in shelling in Kyiv.
Initiatives in the arts:
@artistsatrisk, a non-profit network institution dedicated to mapping the field of persecuted art practitioners, facilitating their safe passage from their countries of origin and hosting them at AR-Residencies. They have a ‘Ukraine Resource’ section on their instagram.
@ietmnetwork, International network for contemporary performing arts representing 500+ members in 60+ countries worldwide.
@morpho.be, International residency and artist studios in Antwerp, Belgium. They have residency available for artists from Ukraine.
Russian Media - recently a few were closed:
@afpphoto, Photos by Agence France-Presse photographers on Instagram and from the global AFP wire. Publishes photos by amongst other Sergei Chuzavkov, Aris Messinis, Genya Savilov, Dimitrar Dilkoff etc.
Grassroots conflict reporting:
DONATIONS | Artists at Risk (AR), Artists at risk organize donations for artists who are in need.
@yelizavetta, Paris based designer, through her you can donate food and medicines.
@razom.for.ukraine, Non-profit supporting people of Ukraine in their continued quest for democracy and progress.
Other channels in that regard:
We like to thank Ksenia Kuleshova (@ksukuleshova), Julia Kochetova and Mark Neville for their input and advice.
We send out our gratitude to Julia Kochetova, Ivor Prickett and Igor Chekachkov for the images reproduced here. The title for this article is based on an instagram post by Kochetova, referring to Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince.
We wish all photographers and the Ukrainian people lots of strength.