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Accidentally Photographing the War In Ukraine

An Englishman in Ukraine: a photographer went in search of his roots and ended up stumbling into the opening skirmishes of a new Cold War

Pete Brook
Feb 13, 2015 · 8 min read

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A woman with a dog in Kalush, February 2013 (left); a boy in Kalush, February 2013 (right)
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A man in Donetsk (left); a woman in Donbas (right).
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Donetsk on election day.
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Odessa
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People pray in the town of Kalush
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Jewish cemetery in Kalush
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Kalush

“Photographs are poor copies of real life and flawed in their nature as tools for storytelling but this is of course the beauty of photography.”

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Boy (left); A man in Odessa (right)
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Military checkpoint between Artemivsk and Horlivka
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DNR Soldiers, Donetsk
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Ukrainian Army conscripts
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A Ukrainian Army conscript
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A Ukrainian Army conscript with a Kalashikov rifle (left); a different Kalashnikov rifle (right)
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Kalush
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Kalush
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Donbas
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Valik, Kalush.

“This is my favourite shot. Valik was one of the first friends I met during my first two trips to Ukraine. He was very sweet. He died of a brain tumor a few months after this photo was taken. Valik gave me a necklace with a wooden cross on it, some old Russian coins, a picture of a unicorn and a incredibly fragile glass swan ornament. From then on I was obsessed with symbols and metaphors.”

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Perspectives on Visual Storytelling

Pete Brook

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Writer, curator and educator focused on photo, prisons and power. Sacramento, California. www.prisonphotography.org

Vantage

Vantage

Perspectives on Visual Storytelling

Pete Brook

Written by

Writer, curator and educator focused on photo, prisons and power. Sacramento, California. www.prisonphotography.org

Vantage

Vantage

Perspectives on Visual Storytelling

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