Every year the culture of creating photo books is becoming more popular and vibrant. This movement did not spared  Ukraine too. Ukrainian photographers like book format of representation, because it allow them to experiment with the design and mobility distribution.

During Odesa//Batumi Photo Days everyone will be able to see about 30 photo books, zines and artbooks from Ukraine.

The exhibition is available daily from 25 to 30 August in the book cafe “BK” at  M. Abashidze 9. The exhibition is opened from 10:00 to 23:00. The entrance is free.

We’re introducing photo books created in different ways – from individual “handmade” -prototypes to publications with a large circulation.

There are also books presented by famous Ukrainian photographers and young artists: Michael Pedal, Kirill Golovchenko, Kostya Smolyaninov, group Shilo, Julia Polunin-Booth, Julia Krivich, Eugene Stepanets, Sergei Melnichenko, Igor Chekachkov, Lana Yankovskaya, Gennady Chernega, group “Zhuzhalka” and others.
UPHA is a small independent group set up to help and support the development of modern Ukrainian photos. The main objectives of the group is to organize solo and group exhibitions, assistance and educational programs aimed at the integration and expansion of the list of names in the Ukrainian photography.

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Screening shoot 2015-08-08 at 16.29.56

Kyryl Golovchenko“Maidan — under construction” 

2014

The second book, which is prepared for publication this year, is “Maidan – under construction”. Euromaidan was pictured by everyone, who had camera – starting with professional reporters and ending with usual passersby. Golovchenko’s series was created in the beginning of 2014, during the military actions on Hrushevskogo street. However, it did not capture the smoke, fire and spectacular picture for TV. “I tried to avoid stereotypes and by fixing anarchical constructions of barricades tried symbolically express the abruption of Ukrainian society”.
Kyryl Golovchenko “Kotlovan”2014 During the small period of time, literally half a year, Kyryl Golovchenko published couple of dummies for his future books. Golovchenko approach to the book creation is very assiduous and careful. Firstly, he creates a dummy – a draft and after some time he passes to creation of the hard copy of the book. On a by-order basis of LEICA the photographer began his series “Kotlovan”, which explores visual chaos in the society and city space of Ukraine. Public spaces, marked with advertisement, ugly kiosks and unstoppable visual noise evoked strong interest in the author. The desire to fill each empty space and the ideology of money reminded to Golovchenko the plot of a novel of the famous soviet writer Andriy Platonov “Kotlovan” (1929 – 1930).
Kyryl Golovchenko “Kachalka”

Publishing house:Hardcover
17 x 22,4 cm
96 pages
53 color ills.
2012

The second full scale book of Kyryl Golovchenko. In “Kachalka” the photographer researched another local unique phenomenon as open air gym in Kiev’s Hydro park. Golovchenko was impressed with the scale and mass popularity of it and he started to come and buy the history of the place, where all muscle-bound people were coming from the whole city. The series contains visual combination of cars esthetics and strong human body. “The memories of the old years impressed me: Schwarzenegger was and idol for everyone and for me as well then. So many young men in Hydro park looks like they have jumped back in time and stepped out of the film about the Arnold Schwarzenegger “Pumping iron” 1976” says Kyryl.
Kyryl Golovchenko”7 km” 

Hardcover: 144 pages

Publisher: Snoeck (July 15, 2010)

Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.3 inches

 

The book “7km – field of wonders” is the first long work of Kyryl Golovchenko, which was formed from the research and the series about the big spontaneous market near Odessa. This series Kyryl started to film when he was studying at Darmstadt University and defended the thesis. “ The appearance of such spontaneous market as 7th kilometer happened at the particular time. There will be a time, when it will wash out and disappear. And only photography and memories will remind us about it. Everyone who is taking pictures more or less seeks things that are vanished with time,” says the photographer. “Besides it is stunning visual object for me. I make color photos and the color for me  is very important. I try to find the sense on subconscious level,” adds Kyryl.
Hennadiy Chernega “Deep Sleep”Self-published
Year:2015
Circulation:  2 samples 
Photography is the logical continuation of himself and his living position for Hennadiy Chernega. “Stray dog” series became an exhibition, which travels along with author, and which is shown to all interested. Later a small zine with chosen photos from series has appeared. By the words of the author these pictures are the part of his life, which he is scared to lose. The series with defining name “Deep Sleep”, which has been created earlier reproduce the feelings of the photographer about surrounding reality: “I live between the dream and the reality”.
Hennadiy Chernega “Stray dog”Self-published
Year:2015
Circulation: 5 samples
Photography is the logical continuation of himself and his living position for Hennadiy Chernega. “Stray dog” series became an exhibition, which travels along with author, and which is shown to all interested. Later a small zine with chosen photos from series has appeared. By the words of the author these pictures are the part of his life, which he is scared to lose. The series with defining name “Deep Sleep”, which has been created earlier reproduce the feelings of the photographer about surrounding reality: “I live between the dream and the reality”.
Ivan Chernichkin, Valentyn Bo, Yuriy Salabay, Maria Voynova“Flow” 

Publishing house: Blunk-Press

Year:2012
Circulation: 500 samples

Catalog FLOW was published within cognominal exhibition ( Ya gallery, 2012) and presents works of the group of photographers “4 in1”: Velentyna Bo, Yuriy Slabai, Ivan Chernichkin and Mariya Boinovaya. Stylistically different however united by the joint esthetical and ideological line, series express the feeling from the flow of every day urban life. Esthetics of snapshot, instant pictures, underline the absurdist and weird in public space, personal life, in details of household and relationships with everyone.
Yuriy Salabai”Quiet days”Publishing house: indie publishing house NiiceDesign: Oleksandr Bychenko. Text: Anton Ivanov.

Design: Denys Sheremet
Year: 2014

Within the workshop, initiated by the indie publishing house Niice on the Knyzhkovyi Arsenal 2014 couple of zines were created, including 2 photographic. Yuriy Slabai and Valentyn Bo are participants of the photo group “4 in1” (Yuriy Salabai, Valentyn Bo, Ivan Chernichkin, Mariya Voinova).Zine “Quite days” of Lviv photographer Yuriy Slabai includes series of photo, taken in between of 2008-2010 in Switzerland and Ukraine before the birth of his son. Black and white photography of “Quite days” was harmoniously added with child pencil drawings. 
Valentin Bo “Vuayer”Publishing house: indie publishing house NiiceDesign: Oleksandr Bychenko.

Text: Anton Ivanov.
Design: Denys Sheremet
Year: 2014

Circulation: 100

 

 

Within the workshop, initiated by the indie publishing house Niice on the Knyzhkovyi Arsenal 2014 couple of zines were created, including 2 photographic. Yuriy Slabai and Valentyn Bo are participants of the photo group 4 in1 (Yuriy Salabai, Valentyn Bo, Ivan Chernichkin, Mariya Voinova).Zine “Vuayer” is a visual diary of personal life of the author, which generally presents insider views of the modern man on life, full of women and alcohol.
Evgen Stepanets “Not the promised land”Self-published,Design: Evheniy Stepanets Year: 2014
Circulation: 1
After leaving occupied Luhansk young photographer Evgen Stepanets decide to make a zin, which would express the atmosphere in the city before the military actions in February-April 2014. Small, tidy publication contains landscapes and portraits of friends – young people, who left Luhansk long before the tragic events. It seems that visual landscape of still peaceful but so unheeded city prophesy inevitable tragic fate.The text to the series was prepared by a young musician, friend of the photographer, who also left Luhansk.
Roman Piatovka“Zine Collection N°5. Scheme.”Publishing house: Editions BessardYear: 2012

 

 A photographer of Kharkiv photo school Roman Piatovka, who takes pictures for many years, published a zine, where he admits that he never thought that photography could become the sense of his life. Working in the late 1980s with the theme of naked woman’s body and soviet restrictions he moved to the pure drawing of sexuality. “I believe that in photography as in any other art form very important remains self-analysis, deepen mystic exhibitions and creation of thrilling conception of personal feelings”.
Sergey Melnitchenko “Loneliness Online”Self-published,дизайн: Євгеній Степанець

Рік: 2014
Тираж: 50

“Loneliness online” is the first, self-made printed publication of Serhiy Melnychenko, young photographer from Mykolaiv. His work devoted to the research of such socio-psychological appearance as loneliness, and the phenomenon of the modern society – video chats. Photographer has been watching on the unspoken rules of communication between young people in video chats. Thinking of the reasons of dissemination of exhibitionism in virtual space the artist associated the images of naked men and trees as symbols of loneliness. General esthetics of trash (print screens and pictures taken with mobile phones) wittily underline the theme of mass culture.
Zhuzhalka group “Ржавчино” / “Postcards from Rzhavchino”Self-publishedPostcard set of 21 pcs + cover.

10x15cm

Donetsk 2014

1st and 2nd editions of 44

 

 

 Donetsk art-group “Zhuzhalka” (Viktor Zasypin, Viacheslav Sokolov and roman Yukhymchuk) work on the theme of self-publishing since 2012. Last year published a block of four books: “Dvyglo”, “Rhythmic”, “Shock!Photo” and “Rzhavchyno” for the exhibition “Bez Piaty Hvylyn” in the fund of cultural initiatives “IZOLYATSIA”.Every time the choice of format remains unpredictable. It can be magazine, small album, or even series of postcards, therefore they are colled just “zhuzhalky” In “Rzhavchyno” zine in ironical form authors invented postindustrial hero-city in Eastern Ukraine. Series of postcards with surrealistic landscapes anyhow reminds typical left cities, which can be found across the country. Diametrically opposite by its idea and embodiment is zine “Dvyglo”. It is a magazine with stickers in esthetics of 90s, where special places should be glued with images of old cars.
Zhuzhalka group “Dvyglo”Self-publishedYear: 2014

 

Donetsk art-group “Zhuzhalka” (Viktor Zasypin, Viacheslav Sokolov and roman Yukhymchuk) work on the theme of self-publishing since 2012. Last year published a block of four books: “Dvyglo”, “Rhythmic”, “Shock!Photo” and “Rzhavchyno” for the exhibition “Bez Piaty Hvylyn” in the fund of cultural initiatives “IZOLYATSIA”.Every time the choice of format remains unpredictable. It can be magazine, small album, or even series of postcards, therefore they are colled just “zhuzhalky” In “Rzhavchyno” zine in ironical form authors invented postindustrial hero-city in Eastern Ukraine. Series of postcards with surrealistic landscapes anyhow reminds typical left cities, which can be found across the country. Diametrically opposite by its idea and embodiment is zine “Dvyglo”. It is a magazine with stickers in esthetics of 90s, where special places should be glued with images of old cars.
Zhuzhalka group “Ритмика” / “Ritmika”2014 DonetskSelf-published

2 editions, 20 copies each

92 pages

 

 

Have you ever heard what a wall or sunset sound like? What can be heard from a pole or a carpet’s texture? What color is the howl of the wind or how can one draw the clock’s ticking, what geometrical shape do the sounds of a pipe organ produce?The colors and shapes on the one side, and sounds on the other induce various moods, which often have certain similarities. If you pay attention to the sound vibrations of contemplation or emotive visual impression that you get from sounds, you can experience synesthesia, a sensation when stimulation of one sensory receptor – along with its typical feelings – can also give you a feeling usually associated with a different sensory receptor, and it’s like a parallel quality in form of additional impressions. A few senses come together creating intersensory connection and broadening the range of perception.“Ritmika” is a joint “color hearing” experiment carried out by Sport&Music and Zhuzhalka, it combines phototracks with a musical score and soundtracks with images creating synergy of music and photography.
Lana Yankovska “Circus”Self-published
Year:2015
Circulation: one sample
Two small self-published art-books of Lana Yankovskaya (“Circus” and “Museum piece”) demonstrate love of the author to the self-made technologies of self-publishing. Diligent work with different techniques, including collages using and variations with placing colorful and black-and-white photos on the scratch pad format pages of the art-book “Circus” makes the publication and the theme alive. Sweat and blood, tears of tiredness and happiness. “All the essence of circus life is explored in decorative form.”Art-book “Museum piece” was planned as museum showpiece. The photographer thought on the theme of archiving, fading, illusion of eternal life, which can be given to us by a museum. “Every showpiece is a carrier of socio-cultural and naturalistic information. They are kept in special conditions by decades. Although the process of aging of showpiece is unstoppable and often cause the unalterable losses it can be slowed down and even stopped. 
Lana Yankovska “Museum piece”Self-published
Year:2015
Circulation: one sample
Two small self-published art-books of Lana Yankovskaya (“Circus” and “Museum piece”) demonstrate love of the author to the self-made technologies of self-publishing. Diligent work with different techniques, including collages using and variations with placing colorful and black-and-white photos on the scratch pad format pages of the art-book “Circus” makes the publication and the theme alive. Sweat and blood, tears of tiredness and happiness. “All the essence of circus life is explored in decorative form.”Art-book “Museum piece” was planned as museum showpiece. The photographer thought on the theme of archiving, fading, illusion of eternal life, which can be given to us by a museum. “Every showpiece is a carrier of socio-cultural and naturalistic information. They are kept in special conditions by decades. Although the processof aging of showpiece is unstoppable and often cause the unalterable losses it can be slowed down and even stopped.
Lana Yankovska “Wall book”self-publsihedYear: 2014

Circulation: 5

 

The original art-book of Lana Yankovskaya about the walls of Kiev’s streets calls
the owner to express his freedom and decorate these walls. The photographer while playing suggests non-purpose “usage” of her photos. “This album was created to bring something into the private life of the city and reveal the secrets of the city, which are unseen from the first sight. Pictures of the conditionally clear walls of Kiev gave the possibility
to write any word on it and not to spoil the appearance of the city.” says the author.
Yurko Dyachyshyn “Slavik’s Fashion”Publishing house: Fundacja Sztuk WizualnychYear:2013  Within the festival “Moth of Photography in Krakov” in 2013 the Foundation of visual art published the book with the series of Lviv photographer Yurko Dyachyshyn.
«Slavik’s Fashion» – is a 100 of portraits of homeless man Slavik, who every day appeared on the streets of Lviv in new extravagant cloths. During 2011-2013 the photographer took the portraits of the man, once he saw him on the street. Slavik posed with pleasure however, he never told where he got the cloths, where he lived or why he never joined the group of other homeless people, or where he got the money for the new cloths.
Kostya Smolyaninov “Street Theography”Publishing house: Album-press Year: 2014
Circulation: 500 samples
Last year Lviv photographer Kostya Smolyaninov published his first photo book “Street Teography”. It series was completed during 2006-2013 in different cities of Ukraine, Poland and Russia. The book is devoted to the expression of intimate feelings of religious people in public spaces. In these visual manifestations, often absurdist situation, photographer is interested, where the line bet ween true faith and indicative religion lies.
Gera Artemova “Botanic garden”Self-publishedYear: 2014

Limited edition of 50 copies

16 prints in the box

Small and laconic art-book of Gera Artemova “Botanic Garden” contains 16 prints in the box.Meditative series of photos was created in may 2014 in Kiev’s Botanical Garden. This series reflects the internal state of the author after the tragic events occurred in Ukraine during the winter and spring of 2014.This is an attempt to return for a moment to normal life, a desire to see the light and renewal after a hard winter, a kind of therapy. But disquieting images are lurking beyond an intricate pattern of plants, rays and drops of water. 
Kateryna Snizhko “Printed Reflections”Self-published,printed in Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam Year:2014
Circulation:50

 

Tidy laconic book in soft cover, created by Kateryna Shizhko, presents the series
of abstract black and white pictures, which are based on the impression from new places. Visual row of the publication is built on the consistent interaction between images. Every next photo is an obvious continuation of the previous one. Surrealistic visual row wash out the boundaries between reality and invention, between photography and imitation. The author eager to create the portrait of Amsterdam and at the same time he asks the spectator what is the reality what we see? Or it is just our perception, which draws images?
Vladyslav Krasnoshchok “Негативи зберігаються”/ “Negatives are kept”Set of poscards,selpublished,

limited edition of 44 copies

 

 

The photographer Vladyslav Krasnoschiok one of the participants of the group “Shylo” who works also with medium of archive photos. Hunting retro photos of other people
on flea markets across the world he has found the most interesting ones. He tried to continue of their livings in very unique way – he “painted, erased the emulsion, used to it all possible techniques invented by him personally”. Many photos of the cycle are more than hundred years old. Many of them has a phrase “negatives are kept” or “negatives are kept for further orders”. “In another hundred years someone will add this layer, whichI have left and it will be another period of life for many of these works and people. Thus, it will be an eternal engine, eternal life of these photos” says the author. The author started to create this series in 2011 and the work on it as true hunting for unique
and old thing s will last further.
Misha Pedan “The End of la Belle Époque”Publisher:  Khimaira förlag, SwedenPubl. Year: 2013

Pages: 92

Illustrations:84 b/w

Edition: Limited to 500 numbered & signed copies; each copy has a hand-coloured red flag

 

The second famous book of Misha Pedan «The End of la Belle Époque», which describes 1986-1989. Beautiful black and white street photography tells us about Kharkiv of that period and the relaxed atmosphere right before the great crash of fading empire — Soviet Union. The photos are mounted in the hard covered book decorated with vinous satin framing and the book itself hides behind the imitation of clerks’ folder where all “personal cases” had been kept in times of USSR.
Misha Pedan “Stereo_typ”Publishing house: Khimaira förlag, SwedenYear: 2011

Edition: 1000 copies, special edition 70 copies

«Stereo_typ» is the first book of the photographer of Kharkiv school of photography Misha Pedan, who lives and works in Stockholm since 1990s. Classical hardcopy photo book includes black and white, a bit decorated diptychs of different years. Photos were taken in different cities of Sweden, France, Germany, Britain, Greece, Rome, Turkey, Romania, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. They present the visual portrait of these cities and countries. The spectator obediently follows the photographer from town to town, walks on unknown streets, watch the passerby and spying the city scenes. The accurate gaze of the author capture typical and character for place and time – Pedan captured the atmosphere and the mood and not the situation.
Misha Pedan “M”Publishing house: Khimaira Publidhing, SwedenYear: 2015

Edition of 1000

The new book of the photographer. “All photos are taken in Kharkiv subway in 1985-1986. Every day for 45 minutes I was going to the city center and 45 minutes back. For these two years I spent 100 hours in a subway. Kharkiv is a big city” – says Misha Pedan explaining his idea. At the moment, this is the first full-scale photographical publication in Ukraine devoted to the particular urban socio-cultural appearance
Bogdan Gulyay “Bare Nature”2014, self-published,Ukraine

Edition of 1 copy.
80 pages

Too little things in our world have been left untouched by the human. Trees and rivers are replaced by a concrete and glass. Sceneries of the wild nature are supplemented with a domestic
waste, and desert spaces are sliced and divided by highways and pipelines.
It`s too hard to find a comfortable place for being alone and talking to nature. As well as it`s difficult to meet a chastity and purity of a woman in the crazy-on-sex society.
These photographs are about a joy and peace that we feel while meeting with a nature, and about the bareness as a natural state, in which a woman becomes water, wind and spirit of virgin
landscapes. 
Olga Tkachenko “30 weeks”2-nd edition,self-published,

Kyiv 2015,

20 copies

Pregnancy significantly changes the woman`s body in a natural way. Some of the changes disappear within days, others stay forever. Trying to take no notice-impossible, accepting them – not so easy. The author of this project tried to look at herself from the side concentrating on the external changes. On average, pregnancy lasts 40 weeks but the series “30 weeks” wasn`t shot in the chronological order to highlight the fact that pregnancy is a temporary phenomenon. 

 

Igor Chekachkov “Topography of us. Paris”2005, Kyiv,self-published,

50 copies,

92 pages.

Trying to translate inner dialog between perception of the city and sorrow of fragile relationships into monologue of pictures.
Julia Polunina-But “Барикада”/“Barricade”Publishing house: Liuta sprava

Year: 2014

Second edition: 200 copies

 

Julia Polunina-But using the format of books spread, which is 4.5 meter long tries to convey the impression from the real barricade. The photographer glued together photos of the barricade, which she has taken on Hrushevskogo street. Her “Barricade”
in details reproduce the texture of these defensive construction, which were built of everything what came to the hand – sack, construction debris, furniture and even cars. The book is packed in a small bag, which is the same sacks used for barricade building.
Yulia Krivich“Рresentiment”Photography and text: Yulia KrivichPublisher: Foundation of Visual Arts, Crakow 2015

17 cm x 24 cm, hard cover, 40 pages

20 pictures, 47cm x 32,6cm

Limited edition: 300 copies, signed

 

 

Presentiment is less a record than an apprehension of the events currently takingplace in my country. These impressions come together to make sequences ofpictures and signs that I have recreated through photography. There is a vague and disquieting sense of duality – both my own and in the reality that surrounds us.My pictures show young people in undefined places. The point is not the location itself, but the existential dimension, its identity.

The form of the book echoes this concept of duality. It is based on what is left unspoken, on tensions in the spaces between defined notions, on shifts and

paradoxes.

Shilo group“Хроника”Photographs by Sergiy Lebedynskyy and Vladyslav KrasnoshchokText: Sergiy Lebedynskyy

 

ChronicleThe book “Chronicle” features the photographs taken between 2010 and 2015. Front-line Kharkiv, revolutionary Kyiv, Donetsk and Lugansk regions, shown in “Chronicle”, are the scenes of actions that will determine the future of Ukraine and, of course, the whole of Europe.

Written by gv.od.ua