Oksana Yushko is a freelance photographer based in Moscow. She started working as a professional journalist in 2007 and currently focuses on personal projects in Russia, Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries. She has won Award of Excelence in NPPA Contest 2015, Prix Bayeux Calvados award for web journalism with 'Grozny: Nine Cities' project in 2014, the 3d place of Magazine Personality Lifestyle Story | NPPA Contest 2014, BURN Magazine EPF grant in 2013, is a finalist of the 2013 Chiang Mai Documentary Arts Festival, the Grand Prize Winner of Lens Culture International Exposure Awards 2011, a finalist of the Aftermath Project 2010 and a 2011 finalist of the Manuel-Riveira Oritz Foundation. Yushko was a selected participant of the 2011 Noor-Nikon Masterclass in Documentary Photography in Bucharest, Romania, and a finalist of the 2010 Conscientious Portfolio Competition. Yushko’s work has been exhibited in galleries in Russia, Finland, UK, USA, Spain, France, Mexico, Japan and her work has been published by media across the world including Russian Reporter, The New York Times, MSNBC, Mare (Germany), Financial Times (UK), Le Monde (France), Helsingin Sanomat (Finland), International Herald Tribune, Aftenposten (Norway), 6Mois (France) among others.
2015 - Award of Excelence in NPPA Contest, 2014 - Prix Bayeux Calvados Award for Web Journalism, 2014 - 3d place in NPPA Contest, 2013 - BURN Magazine EPF grant, 2011 - Grand Prize Winner of Lens Culture Award, 2010 - Finalist of the Aftermath Project
- Breaking news
- Video capture
Grozny: Nine Cities
Joint project by Oksana Yushko, Olga Kravets and Maria Morina.
Grozny, the capital of war-torn Chechnya, is a melting pot for changing Сaucasus society that is trying to overcome a post-trauma shock of two recent wars and find its own way of life in between traditional Сhechen values, Muslim traditions, and globalisation, to cope with rapidly changing role of women, increasing contrast between rich and poor and political games.
Grozny: Nine Cities project is inspired by a Thornton Wilder book, Theophilus North, and centers on the idea of nine cities being hidden in one, which gives us a concept to explore specific aspects of the aftermath of two Chechen wars considering them as 'cities' hidden within Grozny.
Balaklava: The Lost History
Balaklava is a small town by the sea in the Crimean Peninsula. During the Soviet era it was a city that didn't exist to the outside world. The town was behind the scene, closed to the public for more than 30 years on account of the submarine base that was situated there.
Almost the entire population of Balaklava worked at the base, and even family members could not visit the town without a good reason or proper identification. You might not see military guards on every corner, but you can feel their presence, especially when you start talking to people. The Soviet Union hasn't existed for 20 years, but the shadow of it lies everywhere. Things have changed, but the people's minds have not.
The conflict in Eastern Ukraine has raged for more than a year now, pushing to the brink anti-Ukrainian sentiment in Russia and anti-Russian sentiment in Ukraine. But the ties between Russia and Ukraine have always been close, and not just in a political sense: you can find Ukrainian relatives in just about any Russian family. I started this new project with the photograph of my own parents: my mother is Russian, my father is Ukrainian. They met and fell in love many years ago. My friends and family and I live in two worlds, in two countries outside international borders and prejudices. Recent events have shocked us all. There are terrible things happening. But this photo series isn’t about politics; it’s about people. There is still a chance to looking forward to the best future, to stay friends, to understand each other in the whole world.