Dreamers



(2018)

The rescending of DACA has garnered attention from the media, politicians and activists, but the spotlight has continuously been shifted towards the words of President Trump and the policymakers working beneath him. Meanwhile the people who are affected most by the dissolution of DACA are not often being heard directly. This series explores personal stories of Dreamers coming from various backgrounds, and portrays their lives as first generation Americans facing a new challenge - to remain in the country they know as their home. 



Veterans: Faces of World War II



(2016)

Veterans Project is a series of portraits of people who took part in Second World War - the one event in human history  that cannot be compared with anything else on the scale of catastrophe, human tragedy, and the degree of impact on the future of our civilization. Every single person who participated in the war, whether they were a soldier or general, prisoner or guard, medical worker or engineer, took part in shaping the image of the world as it is seen and perceived today. 
This project aims to look behind the emotional drape of each individual photographed. More than 70 years after the war ended, the photographer strived to analyze and compare the fates of those who survived and are still living. For this project, the photographer traveled to countries most affected by the war, interviewed and took portraits of those who participated in it. The goal was to assemble a mosaic of people who at one moment were all engaged in this incredible tragedy, and in the other, living their separate lives in different corners of our planet.



What is Burning Man?



(2015)

Every year roughly 70,000 people descent on the Black Rock Desert in Nevada to create a temporary city for the length of the Burning Man event. The event itself, and the temporary environment it is created in are widely misunderstood and categorized differently among the people who attend and participate and of those who have never been. This series tries to answer the simple question.




DobroVoltsy



(2014)

Добро – [д о б р о] {n} – [d o b r o] noun – : morally good forces or influences.
Воля – [в о л я] {f} – [v o l j a] noun – : A deliberate or fixed desire or intention.
Conflict in Eastern Ukraine is unique for many reasons. One of the most astonishing aspects of the beginning of this war was that the most powerful and willing force of the Ukrainian defense were so-called Volunteer Battalions.  Annexation of Crimea happened shortly after the end of Maidan Revolution and the Russian backed separation of the Eastern regions quickly followed. The country weakened by years of corruption and the recent violent change of power, was not ready for the war.
That was the time when the Volunteer Battalions were born. Under-equipped, untrained, with weak government support and an obscure legal status they formed into groups, named themselves, found leaders and headed East to join the war.
Most of the newcomers never had anything to do with military and might have not imagined what they are about to face. Some were fueled by the recent events of Maidan and desire to continue the fight for their country. Coming from various social upbringings, age, gender and nationality - they were the driving force in the beginning of the conflict and quite possible, to this time.
This project tries to look at and understand the individuals that volunteered to defend their country; out the good will and from their perspective, for the greater good.



Forgotten Village



(2009)

Almost wenty years ago, time has stopped in many small industrial towns in Eastern Ukraine. With the collapse of the Soviet Union the mining industry halted: the massive closure of already outdated and under-performing coal-mines destroyed the remainder of stability in these communities. A new opportunities supported by a hope for the new capitalist future caused many of the younger people seek theire fortune elsewhere as many of them decided to leave their homes in search of a better life.
Those who stayed behind were incapsulated in a new reality that became norm in which an old structure and ideology were cast aside, and a new one never came to replace it. Some mines were taken over, modernized and put back to work often benefiting the new olygarhy. But much of former industrial might of Donbass was left unattendedand and illegal mining filled in the void. 
Lack of social protection for the miners often led to health problems that would manifest themselves toward the end of their career, at which point most often than not they would be left on their own devices. Most men working in mines don’t make it past their 60’s birthday. 






Prison Theater



(2005)

Here at one of the penal colonies in Kharkiv, Ukraine there is depressing view of endless gray walls with barbwire on the background of even grayer sky. Time has ceased to exist within these walls. It's difficult to imagine that people would attempt to seek out something uplifting within the small reality tucked into that of another. But  human nature will keep you from dropping your head completely and even when caught in the deepest shaft we can find the strength to seek out traces of light.

In the fall of 2005 I documented a group of prisoners who, with the support from one of the local theaters, made an effort to organize a theatrical troupe and stage a play. The play was written by Jonathan Swift long time ago in Ireland and has very little to do with prison reality in Ukraine of 2005. It was extremely moving to observe the inmates mastering acting transitioning from prison slang to calling one another sir and lord, from wearing drab uniforms to donning wigs and bright costumes; as they transform, rehearsing and then performing for the crowd of their inmates and guards.
Mark