Otto Snoek first visited eastern Ukraine in 1989. In six trips between 1989 and 1992, he photographed Ukrainian cities and the countryside in the years after communism. Snoek documented a poor and desperate country and presented the resulting work as his graduation project. During that period of travel and work, he laid the foundations for his continuing career as a photographer.
Snoek became especially fascinated by public spaces that function as junctions. The images reveal the candid gaze of a young man, one who not only photographs the Ukrainians in their malaise, but also as a proud nation that is courageously resigned to its fate. With an epilogue by Sana Valiulina.