The Information Front is a series of publications showcasing photographs of the war in Ukraine, taken by photographers from the country. It was founded on the belief that photography can act as a “countermeasure to false truths and propaganda”, bearing witness to the experience of ordinary civilians in conflict zones.
The first volume, published in newspaper format in June 2022, documented the first two months of the Ukraine invasion. The second, which took the form of an expanded magazine, featured photographers exploring “the quest for Ukrainian identity” in the face of war. The pictures in both volumes reveal a diverse range of perspectives, styles and disciplines. Work by early-career artists reflecting on the toll of war on their country appears alongside that of seasoned photojournalists operating in the field.
In the following pages is the work of 10 artists, made since the start of the war in 2022 and chosen by The Information Front’s founders Kateryna Radchenko, Christopher Nunn and Donald Weber.
Proceeds from sales of the publications go to the Ukrainian charity The Depths of Art, which supports Ukrainian culture, including photographers in partnership with Odesa Photo Days Festival.
Documentary photographer and photojournalist covering war and humanitarian crises.
Artist who, since last year’s invasion, has reflected primarily on the atrocities of war.
Searching for visual metaphors, Tolkachov’s “New Grasses” (2022) shows images of grass sprouting through shrapnel holes caused by bombs. “I asked myself, ‘Is the war lasting that long or is the grass growing this fast?’”
Student of cinema, born and based in Kharkiv.
Press officer of the 93rd Mechanised Brigade Kholodny Yar of the armed forces of Ukraine.
Documentary photographer focusing on civilian suffering following the Russian invasion.
Sidash’s project “Holding Hope” documents survivors of the Russian occupation in eastern Ukraine. Alongside these portraits are handwritten memories of life during that time. Although some people managed to escape, others were forced to live under occupation for about six months before being liberated by the armed forces of Ukraine in September 2022.
Oksana, Maksymivka village
“Embroidery” (a poem)
The embroidery on my chest
Cannot be removed.
I don’t wear it in public
But it can never be torn from my heart
There is no need to raise my flag —
This flag is not made of cloth.
Sunflower field and sky must be seen
I will ever live for its glory
Its coat of arms — I will make a tattoo
on my shoulders
So all can see and never do they ask,
‘Where are you from?’
and never will it be thought by anyone
That Ukraine is Russian land.
A drawing of a unicorn.
Bohdan, Hrushivka village
The first month was the hardest, both mentally and physically. It was morally difficult to see how our military was leaving the city and how, after a week, the convoys of the aggressor country began to occupy my city.
In order to help our AFU (armed forces of Ukraine), I started to count the equipment and, with the help of my friend, transfer this data to the SBU (Ukraine’s security service) and the border service. Every day I would sit by the window with a phone, a piece of paper and a pen, and finish by cleaning the phone and burning the same piece of paper. And so it continued for several months, until the time when the connection disappeared completely.
Photographer who has been documenting the war since March 2022 using analogue film.
Graphic artist, painter and illustrator.
Kuchynskyi made this collage, entitled “30000 200” (2022), when the Russians entered Severodonetsk at the end of May 2022. By this point, the Russian army had lost more than 30,000 troops.
Photojournalist working with Getty Images, who has been documenting war since 2014.
Journalism student who uses analogue film to explore the impact of the war on Ukrainians.
In “There Are No Toy Soldiers” (2022), Homin attempts to represent what the residents of the Kyiv region faced in the aftermath of Russia’s occupation and, amid an uncertain future, to explore what is left. The work includes photograms of abandoned objects and is printed on Soviet-era photographic paper.
Photographer and film director.
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