Alexander Chekmenev was born in Luhansk, the city located in Eastern Ukraine, Donbass. Alexander started his career as a photographer in a small photo studio in his home town. On the free of work time he photographed people on the streets and homes, who were effected the
most by economical crisis after Soviet Union collapse. HIs work give an intimate and unique insider view on transition of coal mining region in 90-s in Eastern Ukraine.  He moved to Kiev in 1997, where he works as photojournalist.

     His work has been published in New York Times Lens Blog, Time Magazine and Time Light Box, New Yorker Photo Booth, MSNBC, Quartz, The Guardian, Vice Magazine, Liberation. 

     2014 - Grand Prix "Photographer of the Year of Ukraine 2013".  




2019 - 60 prints from various series were purchased by MOKSOP Museum, Kharkiv, Ukraine.

2019 - 15 prints from the Passport series were purchased by the Ludwig Museum, Germany.

2018 - 12 prints from the Passport series were purchased by the "Mystetskyi Arsenal" Museum, Kyiv, Ukraine.

2018 - 2 prints from the Donbass series were purchased by the "Märkisches Museum Witten", Germany.




Group exhibition Ludwig Museum, series "Passport", Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary.

Personal exhibition Folia Gallery, Paris, France. series "Passport".

Group exhibition Kyiv, Ukraine, PinchukArtCentre, series "Passport".

Personal exhibition Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, USA. series "Donbass", "Passport".

Group exhibition Suwon, South Corea, "Suwon Photo", series "War in Donbass".

Personal exhibition in gallery "Palffy Palace", Bratislava, Slovakia, series "Donbass".

Group exhibition The Side Gallery Newcastle, UK "LEGACY Series Warriors 

Group exhibition Vienna Künstlerhaus series Warriors 

Group Exhibition Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff, UK. series Warriors.                     

Personal exhibition gallery "Clara Maria Sels", Duesseldorf, Germany, series "Mad World".

Grand Prix "Photographer of the Year of Ukraine 2013".

Museum "Märkisches Museum Witten", Germany, series "Donbass".

First Kyiv International Biennale of Contemporary Art "Arsenal 2012", series "Winners".

Personal exhibition in gallery "Clara Maria Sels", Duesseldorf, Germany, series "Donbass".

group exhibition 3rd Festival of documentary photographs", Poznan, Warsaw, Poland,series "Donbass".

Group exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Perm series "Donbass".

Group exhibition "4on4. Ukrainian Contemporary Photography" House of Photography, Vilnius.

Personal exhibition in gallery "Yagalereya", Kyiv, series "Black and White"

Personal exhibition in gallery "Zamek", Poznan, Poland, series: "Passport", "Lilies", "Blind", "Easter", "Portraits", "Miners".

Personal exhibition in gallery in Poprad, Slovakia, series: "Passport" and "Lilies".

Winner of the European competition of documentary photography Vevey, Switzerland for the series "Ukrainian passport".

1st prize in the competition "Ukrpressphoto" held in Kyiv, Ukraine, in the category "New Names".



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