Euromaidan: Culture of confrontation
The starting point of Euromaidan was on 21 November 2013 . By the evening, after the announcement of the President of Ukraine to suspend the signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the Europe Union, thousands of opponents of this decision came out on Maidan Nezalezhnosti. It was a completely peaceful protest by Ukrainian citizens in support of the EU, which apparently would have lasted only for a couple of weeks. But a number of consecutive errors by the Government changed the course of the events. A bloody crackdown on the protesters, trying to clean Euromaidan, and actions by provocateurs led to the fact that millions of Ukrainians gathered in the main square of the country to defend their human rights and overthrow the existing power elite.
Euromaidan turned into a real performance, where the battle of opposites started. good and evil, light and shadow, thick black smoke and the white of the February snow. On the revolutionary canvas, uncanny bloody scenes interwove with incredibly beautiful views from the visual perspective,. Euromaidan became one of the most beautiful revolutions, like scenes from a Hollywood film.
In my photos I tried to show the scale of all that happened in the centre of the country. Very often I lost the boundary between reality and fiction. In one moment the battle scenes reminded me of terrible days of previous wars. In another – a frosty, fiery battle turned Maidan Nezalezhnosti into a phantasmagoric place. Carefree, boisterous Kyiv completely lost its familiar features.
Maxim Dondyuk (Ukraine, 1983) is a documentary photographer. Since 2010 he has worked as a freelancer, creating and promoting his own documentary projects. His photographic path started in 2007, when he worked as a photojournalist in Ukrainian media. In 2011 Maxim received the Noor-Nikon Masterclass Diplomain Documentary Photography in Bucharest.
The list of his grants and awards is long but among them are: Grand Prix of the Ville de Perpignan Rémi Ochlik Award, Visa pour l’Image, Perpignan, Magnum Photos competition ‘30 under 30’ for emerging documentary photographers, Finalist of the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, Finalist for the FotoEvidence Book Award, Grand Prix ‘Best Global Health Story’ of the BD’s Hope for a Healthy World Photo Competition, Grand Prix of the ‘Best Photo of the Year’ at the contest ‘Photographer of the Year’, shortlist in the portraiture category of Sony World Photography Awards etc.
From 2008 Maxim photographed the celebration of the Jewish New Year in one of the biggest centres of Jewish pilgrimage outside Israel, in Uman (Ukraine). Over some time all of this was gathered in his project ‘Uman, Rosh Hashana’, 2008-2012. Between 2010 and 2013 Maxim worked on his other project ‘The Сrimea Sich’, about a military patriotic camp for children and future Cossacks. In 2010-2012 he revealed the undisclosed TB problem in Ukraine, which reached the national level, resulting in his project ‘TB epidemic in Ukraine’. Through communication with patients, doctors, prisoners, Maxim showed all the horror in TB hospitals and prisons, he demonstrated that government was completely indifferent to this problem.
From the beginning of December 2013 Maxim has been documenting the Ukrainian revolution, known as Euromaidan. His photos from Kyiv are known all over the world. Today Maxim continues photographing historical events that happen in the east of his country.
Maxim collaborates with many international publications and online media. His photos have been published in TIME, Der Spiegel, Paris Match, Rolling Stone, PDN, Bloomberg Businessweek, Russian Reporter, Libération, Polka, 6Mois, Esquire etc. Also some of his works are in galleries and private collections.
2013 – Documentary Film Lab for Young Filmmakers with David France, Dmitry Tiazhlov
2012 – Master classes with Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Piergiorgio Casotti and Mads Greve (Vilnius,
2011 – Magnum Photos in Leica Akademie with Christopher Anderson, Jonas Bendiksen,
Alec Soth, Gueorgui Pinkhassov and Thomas Dworzak (Moscow, Russia)
2011 – Master classes with Yuri Kozyrev and Espen Rasmussen (Vilnius, Lithuania)
2011 – NOOR-Nikon Masterclass of Documentary Photography with Stanley Greene,
Philip Blenkinsop, Pep Bonet, Claudia Hinterseer (Bucharest, Romania)
2010 – Jason Eskenazi master-class “Killing the Buddha” (Kiev, Ukraine)
2009 – Donald Weber master-class “Photojournalism” (Kiev, Ukraine)
2009 – Sergey Maksimishin master-class “The way to success. Photostories. Work with
news agencies” (Kiev, Ukraine)
2008 – Aleksandr Lapin master-class “Photography as …” (Kiev, Ukraine)
2008 – Kharkov State University of Food Technology and Trade (Kharkov, Ukraine)
MAGAZINES – TIME, PDN, Bloomberg Businessweek (USA), Newsweek (Japan), Der
Spiegel, Rolling Stone, Message (Germany), Paris Match, Libération, Polka, 6Mois,
L’insensé, VSD, Les Inrockuptibles, Europa (France), Journalisten (Denmark), Russian
Reporter, Artchronika, Ogonek, Foto&Video, Bolshoj Gorod, Vokrug Sveta (Russia),
Zurnalas Foto (Lithuania), Liberali (Georgia), Reporter, Esquire, Forbes, Tyzhden, Focus,
KyivWeekly, Korrespondent, VDOH (Ukraine).
NEWSPAPERS – The Independent, The Daily Telegraph (UK), Wall Street Journal (USA),
de Volksfront (Netherlands), Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland), Berliner Zeitung,
Frankfurter Rundschau, Hannoversche Allgemeine, Badische Zeitung, Stuttgarter Zeitung,
Augsburger Allgemeine (Germany), Helsingin Sanomat (Finland), Kommersant, Izvestiya,
Nevskoye Vremya (Russia), Segodnya, Comments, Day (Ukraine).
ONLINE MEDIA – TIME LightBox, TIME.com, Spiegel Online, Paris Match L’INSTANT,
PDNOnline, CNN Photos, Esquire, La Lettre de la Photographie, Russian Reporter Online,
Bloomberg Businessweek Online, 6Mois, The Independent, LENTA.RU, Life Force
Magazine, ANIMALNewYork, Vis à Vis Photo, Liberty.SU, No Borders Magazine, Slate.
AWARDS & GRANTS:
2014 – Grand Prix of the Ville de Perpignan Rémi Ochlik Award, Visa pour l’Image,
2014 – Magnum Photos competition ‘30 under 30’ for emerging documentary
2013 – Finalist of the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography.
2013 – Honorable mention of the FotoVisura Grant.
2013 – Grand Prix of the Best Photo of the Year at the contest “Photographer of the Year”.
2013 – Shortlist in the Portraiture category of Sony World Photography Awards.
2012 – Forward Thinking Museum, finalist of 4th quarter.
2012 – Finalist of the Photostory: Small Stories contest.
2012 – Finalist of the The Circle of Life contest , International Photofestival “Vilnius Photo
2012 – Country’s Pick 1st place of the International Photography Awards annual
2012 – Honourable Mention of the International Photography Awards annual competition
2012 – Finalist for a grant of the 4th edition of the AnthropoGraphia Human Rights
Through Visual Storytelling.
2012 – Finalist for a grant of The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary
Photography & Film.
2012 – Forward Thinking Museum, finalist of 2nd quarter.
2012 – Grand Prix of the Photostory of the Year at the contest “The Best Photographer”.
2012 – Grand Prix Best Global Health Story of the BD’s Hope for a Healthy World Photo
2012 – Finalist of the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism.
2012 – 2nd Prize Picture Story of the Year of the Photographers Giving Back Contest.
2012 – Finalist of the Photo Evidence Book Award.
2012 – Award of Excellence (Issue Reporting Multimedia Story) Picture of the Year Int’l
2012 – Nomination of the Magnum Emergency Fund.
2011 – Finalist of the Pikto International Competition.
2011 – Grand Prix of the contest “The Circle of Life”, International Photofestival “Vilnius
2011 – Grand Prix of the contest “Photo Film”, Chernihiv Photo Fest.
2011 – Honorable mention of the Yonhap International Press Photo Awards.
2010 – 2nd & 3rd Prize Picture Story of the Year of the Photojournalism Development
EXHIBITIONS & FESTIVALS:
2014 – Group exhibition “Shift: Ukraine in Crisis”, Third Floor Gallery (Cardiff, UK)
2014 – Group exhibition “30 Under 30 Winners Gallery”, The Photography Show
2014 – Exhibition ”#euromaidan: culture of the confrontation”, Special Galerie Peppi
Guggenheim International (Berlin, Germany)
2014 – Personal exhibition ”#euromaidan: culture of the confrontation”, PARTcom gallery
2013 – Showing a short documentary film “CRIMEA SICH”, American Independence Film
Festival (Kiev, Ukraine)
2013 – Screening “The Сrimea Sich”, Angkor Photo Festival (Angkor, Cambodia)
2013 – Personal exhibition “Old Age”, Municipal Art Gallery (Nova Kachovka, Ukraine)
2013 – Personal exhibition “Uman, Rosh Hashanah”, Gallery CAMERA (Kiev, Ukraine)
2013 – Exhibition “The TB epidemic in Ukraine” on the PhotoReportAge Festival
2013 – Screening “Rosh Hashsana”, Tbilisi Photo Festival (Tbilisi, Georgia)
2013 – Exhibition “Sony World Photography Awards”, Somerset House (London, UK)
2013 – Exhibition “Best Photographer of Year”, M17 Contemporary Art Center (Kiev,
2012 – Personal exhibition “The TB epidemic in Ukraine” (Zaporozhye, Ukraine)
2012 – Screening “The Rosh Hashanah”, Angkor Photo Festival (Angkor, Cambodia)
2012 – Personal exhibition “The TB epidemic in Ukraine” (Uzhgorod, Ukraine)
2012 – Exhibition and screening “The Сrimea Sich” and ’’The Story of One Man”, Vilnius
Photo Circle (Vilnius, Lithuania)
2012 – Exhibition “2012 FotoEvidence Book Award”, VII Photo Agency Gallery (New York,
2012 – Personal exhibition “The TB epidemic in Ukraine” (Vinnitsa, Ukraine)
2012 – Personal exhibition “The TB epidemic in Ukraine”, Arts Center
“Kvartira” (Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine)
2012 – Personal exhibition “The TB epidemic in Ukraine”, Kirovohrad Regional Museum of
Art (Kirovograd, Ukraine)
2012 – Group exhibition “Other World” (Leeds, UK)
2012 – Screening “The TB epidemic in Ukraine”, Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism
2012 – Exhibition “Hope for a Healthy World”, LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph
2012 – Exhibition in the “Best Photographer 2011”, Center of Photography Lumiere
brothers (Moscow, Russia)
2012 – Screening “The TB epidemic in Ukraine”, Instant Coffees (Bristol, UK)
2012 – Personal exhibition “The TB epidemic in Ukraine” (Donetsk, Ukraine)
2011 – Exhibitions and screenings “The TB epidemic in Ukraine” and ’’Uman, Rosh
Hashsana”, Vilnius Photo Circle (Vilnius, Lithuania)
2011 – Screening “The TB epidemic in Ukraine”, Chernihiv Photo Fest (Chernihiv ,
2011 – Screening “The TB epidemic in Ukraine”, Bursa Photo Fest (Bursa,Turkey)
2011 – Personal exhibition “TUBERCULOSIS”, Center for Documentary Photography
«FOTODOC» (Moscow, Russia)
2011 – Personal exhibition “Uman, Rosh Hashanah” (Lviv, Ukraine)
2011 – Personal exhibition “The TB epidemic in Ukraine” (Kiev, Ukraine)
2014 – The Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism (Hanover, Germany)
2013 – Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts of Moldova on the multimedia
department (Kishinev, Moldova)
2013 – Belarus Press Photo Workshop (Minsk, Belarus)
2012 – Department of Journalism M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (Moscow,
2012 – Department of Journalism Taras Shevchenko National University (Kiev, Ukraine)
2011 – Center for Documentary Photography «FOTODOC» (Moscow, Russia)