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Street Photography by Juri Nesterov Documents Ukrainian Life Across Decades


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March 4, 2022

Grace Ebert

Kyiv. 2020. All photographs shared with authorization.

Photography, and street images, in unique, has the power to protect the fleeting, framing the temporary encounters and dalliances that often stop as speedily as they commenced. This impulse to doc the momentary permeates during Juri Nesterov’s entire body of operate that serves as a visible history of all those he’s witnessed inside of the previous 5 a long time. “When I glance into the camera’s viewfinder, a thing inexplicable comes about: thousands of illustrations or photos look in my memory,” he writes.

Nesterov was born in 1954 in Krasnyi Luch, a city in the Luhansk province of what is now Ukraine. At the time, the region was component of Soviet Russia, and this change in borders parallels the photographer’s apply, which frequently centers on the transient and ephemeral character of the human practical experience.


Krasnyi Luch (Khrustalny). 1987.

Mainly because of revolution, war, and collapse, Nesterov’s pics also chronicle everyday living under the regulate of governments that have due to the fact dissolved, and the context of remaining surrounded by this sort of lack of ability can make his emphasis on the elementary humanity of his topics even much more impactful. He states:

Soon after a though, looking at my prints, I really feel like the pics are electric powered. Most of the time I hear the dilemma: “Where was this picture taken” or “What type of camera? What lens?” I seriously want to remedy: “in the planet of people today with their feelings, disappointments, and hopes.”…Does it issue where just I pressed the digital camera button?… Glance at the environment, we all have the exact same starry sky.

Nesterov worked in journalism for lots of many years and has exhibited his images all over Europe, while some of his prints housed at a Ukrainian museum have been ruined all through shelling a number of several years back again. Head to Flickr to discover an unbelievable archive of his shots that right up until not too long ago, he was nevertheless producing in his kitchen area in Kyiv.


Krasnyi Luch (Khrustalny). 1985.

Christmas ornaments. Kyiv, Ukraine, 2016.

Krasnyi Luch (Khurstalny). 1984.

Vacation village. In the vicinity of Kyiv, Ukraine. 2018.

Makeevka. 1987.

Friendship. Kyiv, Ukraine. 2018.

Makeevka. 1987.

Kyiv, Ukraine, 2016.

Pereyaslav-Khmelnitski, Ukraine, 2016.

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