Maxim Dondyuk – photographer, visual artist, born in Ukraine.
His professional career began in Ukrainian media as a photojournalist in 2007. Since 2010 he is a freelancer, works on creating and promoting his own documentary projects.
His first long-term projects ‘Uman, Rosh Hashana’ (2008-2012), ‘TB epidemic in Ukraine’ (2010-2012), ‘The Crimea Sich’ (2010-2013) are an analysis of the time, situation.
Being not interested in stereotypes, he is a direct participant in the events, and uses personal experience and emotions in order to emphasize the basic meaning of the events.
From the project ‘Culture of the Confrontation’, 2013-2014, Maxim’s perception of photography has changed. He began filling his works with second meaning and associational level.
He doesn’t want to specify the time period, the place and reasons. Through photography he wants to show eternal themes, wants people to associate his works with their memories
from reading books, music, their own life.
Maxim is the recipient of numerous grants and awards: Finalist of the Prix Pictet Photography Prize, International Photographer of the Year in Lucie Awards,
Finalist of the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, Winner of the Ville de Perpignan Remi Ochlik Award,
Magnum Photos competition ‘30 under 30’ for emerging documentary photographers, Winner of the Prix Photo La Quatrieme Image etc.
His photos were exhibited in solo and group exhibitions around the world: Musée d’Art Moderne (Paris), Somerset House (London), MAXXI, National Museum of XXI Century Arts (Rome),
LUMA Westbau – Löwenbräukunst (Zurich), International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum (Geneva), CAB Art Center (Brussels), Museum of The History of Ukraine in World War II (Kyiv),
Visa pour l’Image (Perpignan), European Solidarity Centre (Gdansk) etc.
He was published in Rolling Stone, TIME, Newsweek, Der Spiegel, STERN, Paris Match, Le Monde, PDN, Bloomberg Businessweek, Polka etc.
Also he works with international organizations, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).