Photographer Joseph Sywenkyj has been awarded the 2014 W Eugene Smith Fund grant for his project Verses from a Nation in Transition. The work will ‘portray stories of how families are profoundly and subtly affected by recent events in Ukraine as they adapt to the complex repercussions of the revolution and Russian supported war against their nation. It is through stories of families who have been seriously impacted physically, mentally and economically by the crisis that we will gain insight into and how events in the country are influencing society as a whole.’
Moises Saman was also awarded a Fellowship for his project Discordia: The Arab Spring, and Muriel Hasburn was awarded the Howard Chapnick Grant. Read more on New York Times Lens.
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A demonstrator stands in front of burning vehicles during violent clashes with police in the center of Kyiv on Hrushevsky Street. Hundreds were wounded in the violence and at least three demonstrators were killed over several days. January 19, 2014. ©Joseph Sywenkyj
Sasha, who is HIV-positive, watches a video on his mobile phone with his child and grandson. Odesa, Ukraine, 2008. ©Joseph Sywenkyj
A makeshift swing hangs inside a mosque that was occupied by Syrian Army soldiers near the civil war’s frontline in Salahaddin, Aleppo. Photo by Moises Saman