Historical past

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March 4, 2022

Grace Ebert

Kyiv. 2020. All illustrations or photos shared with permission.

Images, and avenue images, in specific, has the electricity to preserve the fleeting, framing the temporary encounters and dalliances that at times close as speedily as they began. This impulse to doc the momentary permeates all over Juri Nesterov’s body of do the job that serves as a visual record of people he’s witnessed in the previous five many years. “When I appear into the camera’s viewfinder, something inexplicable comes about: 1000’s of photos seem 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 spot was component of Soviet Russia, and this shift in borders parallels the photographer’s exercise, which typically facilities on the transient and ephemeral character of the human working experience.


Krasnyi Luch (Khrustalny). 1987.

Due to the fact of revolution, war, and collapse, Nesterov’s images also chronicle lifestyle underneath the control of governments that have considering the fact that dissolved, and the context of currently being surrounded by such incapability helps make his concentrate on the essential humanity of his subjects even additional impactful. He claims:

After a although, seeking at my prints, I sense like the images are electric. Most of the time I hear the problem: “Where was this photo taken” or “What sort of digicam? What lens?” I seriously want to solution: “in the entire world of persons with their feelings, disappointments, and hopes.”…Does it subject in which just I pressed the camera button?… Look at the world, we all have the same starry sky.

Nesterov labored in journalism for many years and has exhibited his photographs during Europe, although some of his prints housed at a Ukrainian museum have been wrecked through shelling a handful of many years back again. Head to Flickr to investigate an amazing archive of his photos that until finally lately, he was nevertheless acquiring in his kitchen area in Kyiv.


Krasnyi Luch (Khrustalny). 1985.

Christmas ornaments. Kyiv, Ukraine, 2016.

Krasnyi Luch (Khurstalny). 1984.

Holiday village. In close proximity to Kyiv, Ukraine. 2018.

Makeevka. 1987.

Friendship. Kyiv, Ukraine. 2018.

Makeevka. 1987.

Kyiv, Ukraine, 2016.

Pereyaslav-Khmelnitski, Ukraine, 2016.

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