Maxim Dondyuk

Ukrainian, 1983–present

Since 2007, Dondyuk has been engaging himself in long-term projects such as Uman, Rosh Hashana (2008–2012), Crimea Sich (2010–2013), TB epidemic in Ukraine (2010–2012), documentaries of the complex time and situations of conflict he witnesses, not from a distant perspective, but exposing his own emotional experience being a photographer. In the project Culture of Confrontation (2013–2014), Dondyuk however shifted his gaze to more universal terms and human conditions, shedding light of epic beauty on improbable places and battlefields.

Dondyuk has been widely awarded and nominated for numerous international recognitions including International Photographer of the Year in Lucie Awards and finalist of the Prix Pictet Photography Prize in 2015, a Magnum Photos competition ‘30 under 30’ for emerging documentary photographers in 2014, finalist of the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography in 2013 and 2017, among others, and his work has featured in Time, Der Spiegel, Stern, GUP, Paris Match, and Rolling Stone. He also collaborates with International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).