Maxim Dondyuk

His works were exhibited internationally at the Musée d’Art Moderne (Paris), Somerset House (London), MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts (Rome), Stadtisches Museum im Kornhouse (Germany), International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum (Geneva), the Biennale of Photography in Bogota (Colombia), among others.

He is a finalist of the Prix Pictet ‘Disorder’ Photography Prize, International Photographer of the Year in Lucie Awards, finalist of the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, winner of the Ville de Perpignan Remi Ochlik Award, Magnum Photos competition ‘30 under 30’ for emerging documentary photographers, to name a few. Maxim has been awarded an artist residency Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France and received NOOR-Nikon Masterclass in Documentary Photography in Bucharest, Romania.

His works are in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Photography (Colombia), Benaki Museum (Greece), Museum of The History of Ukraine in World War II (Ukraine) and private collections.

His projects were featured in GUP, British Journal of Photography, Rolling Stone, TIME, Newsweek, Der Spiegel, STERN, Polka, 6Mois, Paris Match, Le Monde, PDN, Bloomberg Businessweek, and others.

Maxim is currently based between Chiang Mai, Thailand, Kyiv, Ukraine and Paris, France.

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“Attention! Attention! Today, on April 27, in connection with the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in the city of Pripyat is emerging a vulnerable radiation situation. It becomes necessary to conduct a temporary evacuation of the city’s inhabitants. It is recommended to take documents with you, highly necessary things, and food for the short term. We ask you to remain calm, to maintain organization and order during the temporary evacuation!”

An announcement that was broadcast on radio in Pripyat on April 27, 1986. Voice belongs to the announcer of the Pripyat city radio – Nina Melnik.

On that day the story of flourishing cities and villages in Chernobyl area ended. Most people never came back to their homes. Family photos, memorable letters were coved with a thick layer of trash and mud. The more time went on, the less memories of people, who inhabited that lands, remained.


“Like a living organism, a photograph is born directly on particles of silver, which ripen, flourish at some point, and then grows old”.* The photo negatives that were lost and forgotten several decades ago in the cities and villages of Chernobyl, have been subjected over the last 30 years to very slow degradation under the influence of radiation and the elements of nature.

Passing through stages of disappearance, erasure and decay, they retained the traces of evidence of bodies or things that left their mark on the photosensitive film emulsion.