Photo Booth: Misha Friedman: Postcard from Donetsk Oblast : The New Yorker

Misha Friedman: Postcard from Donetsk Oblast

Posted by Elissa Curtis

Last summer, Misha Friedman began photographing in Donetsk Oblast, a province in eastern Ukraine, where he sought to document the health effects of coal mines and factories on the residents of this heavily industrialized region, particularly in the town of Yenakiieve. “In the second half of the eighteenth century, the Romantics revolted against the Industrial Revolution—against the rationalization of nature,” Friedman told me. “Inspired in particular by German and French Romanticism, this project is my attempt to show how nature and man have learned to live within the industrial complex in Ukraine.” He called his series “Donbass Romanticism.”

Friedman’s photograph of coal miners drinking moonshine won the Award of Excellence in the Portrait category in this year’s Pictures of the Year International contest. Here’s a selection of more images from “Donbass Romanticism.”

via Photo Booth: Misha Friedman: Postcard from Donetsk Oblast : The New Yorker.

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