Tag: Justyna Mielnikiewicz

  • Poland Week: Justyna Mielnikiewicz: Ukraine Runs Through It – LENSCRATCH

    When one attempts to delve deeper into the Polish psyche and concomitantly, Polish photography, the topic often turns to its vastly complicated history with its neighbors to the West (Germany/Prussia) and to the East (Russia and Ukraine).  Justyna Mielnikiewicz began her documentary recording of life along the Dnieper River in Ukraine with the intention of avoiding politics by using the river as a metaphorical line of reference.  Her original intention was abandoned as the political earthquakes that washed over Ukraine at the time her investigation began in 2014 and beyond became profoundly compelling to explore and to record.  A number of additional forces also propelled her to dig deeper into the Ukrainian saga including a family history that mirrored the geo-political ebb and flow between Poland and Ukraine and an unusual perspective presented by her move to Tbilisi, Georgia in 2003 and her coverage of the political and social transformations of the Caucasus region.
  • Justyna Mielnikiewicz about The Smith Grant: “That grant is a milestone in my career” – The Eye of Photography

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    Justyna Mielnikiewicz about The Smith Grant: “That grant is a milestone in my career” – The Eye of Photography

    Justyna Mielnikiewicz received the grant for 2016 to complete her project A Diverging Frontier, in which she looks at life in the former Soviet states, 25 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, and the role ethnicity plays in the political development of these countries.

  • Polish Photographer Justyna Mielnikiewicz Wins W. Eugene Smith Grant | TIME

    Polish Photographer Justyna Mielnikiewicz Wins W. Eugene Smith Grant

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    Her photos bring to life a region still in disarray, nearly 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union

  • Awarding a Photographer’s ‘Stubbornness’ – The New York Times

    Awarding a Photographer’s ‘Stubbornness’

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    Justyna Mielnikiewicz, who taught herself photography by studying the legendary photo essays of W. Eugene Smith, has been awarded the W. Eugene Smith Fund’s 2016 grant in humanistic photography. She was recognized for her portrait of modern Russia as seen by Russians who have become ethnic minorities in former Soviet republics.

  • Project on Ukraine Wins $20,000 2015 Aftermath Grant

    Project on Ukraine Wins $20,000 2015 Aftermath Grant

    Justyna Mielnikiewicz has won the 2015 Aftermath Project Grant for “A Ukraine Runs Through It,” a project exploring tensions in modern Ukraine using Dnieper River as a symbolic dividing line. The $20,000 grant, offered by the nonprofit Aftermath Project, supports documentary photography that addresses the legacy of conflict.

  • Oslo Photo Festival: On Photojournalism and Survival

    The 5th annual Oslo Photo Festival, which took place from March 16 to 20 in Norway’s capital, hosted talks by photojournalists and documentary photographers Carolyn Drake, Stephanie Sinclair, Pieter Ten Hoopen, Thomas Lekfeldt, Andrea Star Reese, Justyna Mielnikiewicz and Eugene Richards. Speakers offered insights into how they win the trust of subjects, what it takes to develop a strong personal project, and advice on surviving under difficult conditions and in an increasingly demanding profession.

    Link: PDN Pulse » Blog Archive » Oslo Photo Festival: On Photojournalism and Survival
  • Showcase: Neighborly Hatred – Lens Blog

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    Showcase: Neighborly Hatred – Lens Blog – NYTimes.com

    PERPIGNAN, France — If you want to understand why Justyna Mielnikiewicz has spent eight years photographing border disputes and ethnic conflicts in the South Caucasus, you should know two stories from her childhood.

  • New Group Unites Six Women Photojournalists

    From PDN: With the guidance of photographer Gary Knight of the VII agency, the six women have formed a new group called EVE Photographers to create and promote social documentary photojournalism. They will collaborate on projects and post their best work on a group web site. The photographers are Marizilda Cruppe (in Brazil), Agnès Dherbeys (Thailand), Bénédicte Kurzen (South Africa), Justyna Mielnikiewicz (Georgia), Lourdes Segade (Spain) and Newsha Tavakolian (Iran). Here.