Rise Up, Ukraine!

Rise Up, Ukraine!

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The Ukranian Youth, Between Days demonstrations which had started in May were beginning to shake the capital when Daniel King photographed a defining moment for the country and its emerging youth. The sudden and almost invisible awakening of adulthood in the adolescents he photographed coincided with a movement of underground rebellion within the city. Weeks were spent documenting the architecture of the city and the remains of the Communist era. He met teenagers in the streets and then encountered them by the lakes or for drinks in the public parks, all the while establishing bonds that would ultimately lead them to share a house. He unveiled the patterns of their daily life together, one which was strangely unaltered by the political events taking place just a couple of blocks away from their gathering places. Through them, he experienced the state of consciousness universal to every teenager - the capacity to transcends the physical, block life's noise, and dive deep into the emotions of a changing mind and body. The empty buildings, deserted canals, and abandoned children's playgrounds are real yet they abstractly represent this frame of mind.
Through his images of the city, its landscape, and the young adults living in it, Daniel King has gifted us with something powerful that we didn't see in the news: what it was like to grow up in Ukraine for a generation living its last moments of carelessness.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 236 x 310 x 14mm | 859.99g
  • Bologna, Italy
  • English
  • 886208398X
  • 9788862083980

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hot in the final months of 2013 leading up to Ukraine's descent into civil war, King's photographs document the innocent revelry and flirtations of kids whose country's fate is increasingly uncertain. King's candid work falls somewhere between Larry Clark and Nan Goldin, and his interest in Ukrainian teens is part of a larger project he is working on, photographing "youth culture around the world."--Joseph Akel "T Magazine, online " The photographs he has produced for Ukraine Youth are a great example of that, beautifully composed yet defined as real, something it is rare to see in today's digitally enhanced world. These are not models; they are street-cast kids with whom he has developed a relationship, and a friendship.--William Oliver "Another Magazine " Rather than document the demonstrations, King found himself drawn to the teenagers he encountered on the streets and parks and riversides. What he wound up capturing in his forthcoming book, Ukraine Youth: Between Days (Damiani), wasn't exactly activism, but a youthful spirit that embodies equal parts freedom and rebellion, romanticism and nonchalant cool--an almost accidental expression of style set against the landscape of post-Soviet architecture.--Rebecca Bengal "vogue.com " In his first publication, Ukraine Youth: Between Days (Damiani), Daniel King, who arrived in Kiev, Ukraine, in 2013, turned his lens not to the civil unrest but toward the city's architecture and a group of teenagers living out the generation's last carefree moments before a great political upheaval.--Suzanne Shaheen "vogue.com " Ukraine Youth Between Days is a stunning depiction of a turning point in the history of a nation. It seems almost contrite to say that it would make a great coffee table book but it would. The photos are beautiful and if you're looking to have a politically charged conversation with your guests, then this book is the catalyst.--Michelle Gadd "elasticpantcity.com " Here's another photography book that will soon be added to my collection. It's the idea of a planned-spontaneous type of photos that angles on the emotion and lifestyle of the current generation of our time - Despite the approach of a political turmoil, one can still find that raw-organic, and light-hearted vibes that attract us to explore further.--Vincent Law "Binzento Vincente "
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