Kharkiv School of Photography is an artistic milieu that emerged in the 1970s in the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine. It was a school of aesthetic thought which never had any official status, where ‘education’ happened in clubs and coffee shops — not a school to attend classes. Still, the artists created an original visual language that broke free from the dominant Soviet dogma in arts. It defined the discourse for the next generations in Kharkiv and entire Ukraine and evolved into a distinctive aesthetic system, offering a documentary chronicle of over 50 years of its history.

Heavily bombed by the Russian army, several photographers of the group still remain in Kharkiv, as others managed to escape leaving their archives behind. An operation to preserve these documents is ongoing.

Ukraine-Russia/Volleyball, 1992
1


Viktor & Sergiy Kochetov/Alexandra de Viveiros Gallery
Viktor Kochetov creates work with his son Sergiy. They are well-known for hand-colouring black and white prints in the tradition of luriki — enlarged, retouched and often tinted photographic portraits.

More: The Kharkiv School of Photography h/t: guardian

Join the world’s largest social media rally for refugee relief. We need your voices to join those of artists, athletes, actors, and creators – all calling for the world to Stand Up for Ukraine by committing billions for humanitarian relief. The time is now. Let’s make sure we’re heard!

Pledge to be part of the moment and #StandUpForUkraine:

Your donation supports vetted grassroots nonprofits supporting people displaced by the conflict.
Sign petitions, share social posts, and more to #StandUpForUkraine.

🇺🇦 ❤️

Working Woman, 1978
2


Viktor & Sergiy Kochetov/Alexandra de Viveiros Gallery
A large number of prints in the works are single or double panoramas featuring sceneries of Kharkiv, its outskirts and other locations to which the photographers were sent on assignments.

Healing Muds, 2008
3


Sergiy Lebedynskyy/c/o Alexandra de Viveiros Gallery
A young Ukrainian photographer currently living in Germany, Sergiy Lebedynskyy founded the group Shilo in 2010 with Vladyslav Krasnoshchok, Vadim Trykoz and Oleksiy Sobolev.

Healing Muds, 2012
4


Sergiy Lebedynskyy/Alexandra de Viveiros Gallery
A curator and collector, Lebedynskyy’s collection became the core of the Museum of Kharkiv School of Photography (Moksop) founded in 2018.

Untitled, c. 1995
5


Sergiy Solonsky/Alexandra de Viveiros Gallery
An active participant of exhibitions since the late 1980s, Sergiy Solonsky drew the public’s attention with his collages in the Bestiary series. Solonsky’s compositions develop the principle of ‘module collage’, which is based on creating an image by repeating one and the same element.

Untitled, 2010-2018
6


Vladyslav Krasnoshchok/Alexandra de Viveiros Gallery
From the Bolnichka series. Bolnichka is a diminutive form of Russian bolnitsa (hospital). A maxillofacial surgeon in the Kharkiv state emergency hospital, Vladyslav Krasnoshchok was first drawn by the idea of chronicling routine life of colleagues as a part of his own story.

Untitled, 2010-2018
7


Vladyslav Krasnoshchok/Alexandra de Viveiros Gallery
From the Bolnichka series. Lasting for 10 years, the series expanded into a candid narration about the underside of the artist’s native city he was pretty familiar with, having stitched thousands of traumas after fights or accidents.

Untitled, 1985-1988
8


Evgeniy Pavlov/Alexandra de Viveiros Gallery
From the Archival series. Evgeniy Pavlov is one of the founders of the Kharkiv School of Photography.

Untitled, 1985-1988
9


Evgeniy Pavlov/Alexandra de Viveiros Gallery
From the Archival series. Pavlov experimented with a wide range of techniques – from colour slides and overlays to collages and hand-colouring.

Untitled, 1985-1988
10


Evgeniy Pavlov/Alexandra de Viveiros Gallery
From the Archival series.

Witches’ Sabbath, 1988
11


Roman Pyatkovka/Alexandra de Viveiros Gallery
Part of a group show of artists belonging to the Kharkiv School of Photography. Roman Pyatkovka’s erotic scenes hidden in the interiors of Kharkivian kommunalkas (community apartments), refer to a thirst for escape and freedom.

Alternative, 1985
12


Evgeniy Pavlov/Alexandra de Viveiros Gallery
From the Montages series.

Design Design You Trust