christopher occhicone

Photojournalist and Documentary Photographer / Resident of Ukraine since 2014 / speaking Ukrainian and documenting the war in Ukraine for The Wall Street Journal
Kreminna Internat Portraits
Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
Nationality: American
Biography: Christopher Occhicone is a documentary photographer and photojournalist based in Kyiv, Ukraine for the last 14 plus years. He covers general and breaking news, as well as the war in Ukraine. For more than four years, he has been working on an... MORE
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Kreminna Internat Portraits
Copyright christopher occhicone 2024
Date of Work Dec 1969 - Ongoing
Updated Aug 2020
Location kreminna
Topics Children, Disability, Education, Fine Art, Human Rights, Orphans, Photography, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Teens, Youth
From a larger and ongoing project of large format portraits documenting the post-maiden generation in Ukraine, these photographs were made at the internat (state run boarding school) for mentally and physically disabled children in Kreminna, Ukraine. These photos were shortlisted in the portrait category of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

The school is 30 Kilometers from the front line in the war between Ukraine and Russia. In 2014 Russian troops and Russian backed separatists were at the edge of the city, forcing the children to hide in the cellar from nearby shelling. The proximity to the war has been a mixed blessing for the school. The heightened attention on the region has allowed the director to increase awareness of the difficulties facing the institution. This awareness has led to an great influx of resources and volunteers.  However, it has made it difficult for many of the students whose families reside in the occupied territories.

in May 2018, a group of Ukrainian volunteers and myself conducted a photo workshop, providing the children with cameras and instruction.
Their work can be found here:  
     christopher occhicone photographer, Kreminna Internat Photo Workshop 
          The photo project at the state boarding school for special needs children in Kreminna, Ukraine had its first workshop in the spring of 2018. Volunteers...
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