Aleksandr Chekmenev

Alexander Chekmenev (1969, Luhansk) is one of the leading Ukrainian contemporary photographers. He started his career as a photographer in 1988 in a small photo studio in Luhansk. After returning from the army in 1993 was hired as a photographer in the Luhansk complex of art and industrial services. In 1997 moved to Kyiv, where he lives and works as a photojournalist now. His work has been published in New York Times Lens Blog, Time Magazine and Time Light Box, New Yorker Photo Booth, MSNBC, Quartz and others. A considerable part of his legacy is a unique archive of life in 90’s Ukraine with all the toughness and imperfections of the socio-political situation during those times. But Chekmenev is interested not only in ‘the times’ in general — he put value on the characters of a period. The participant of UPHA – Ukrainian Photographic Alternative independent group. In 2014 he received the Grand Prix ‘Photographer of the Year of Ukraine 2013’. His works were acquired by ‘Mystetskyi Arsenal’ (Kyiv, Ukraine), MOKSOP (Kharkiv) Märkisches Museum Witten and Ludwig Museum (Germany). Author of Donbass (2011) and Passport (2017), Lilies (2020) and ‘Pharmakon / Ambulance’ (2021) photobooks.