Maxim Dondyuk is a young, Ukrainian documentary photographer. Working independently, his primary objective is to raise awareness of social and religious issues. For too long the Ukrainian media has ignored pressing matters that without the proper attention will only get worse. Maxim uses his photography as a way to bring attention to this indifference, with the ultimate goal to improve conditions for people once disregarded.
Most recently Maxim is paying special attention to the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic in Ukraine. In particular, he is focusing on the fact that government does not pay attention to such a serious health issue, made more urgent by a constant shortage of medicine and proper care in Ukrainian hospitals.
The lack of media coverage that TB receives in Ukraine has motivated Maxim to investigate the causes and consequences of what is clearly a negative attitude by society towards its TB patients. Maxim immerses himself in the lives of a people who are deprived of the proper attention and support needed by government. During this investigation, Maxim has lived in the hospitals, prisons and apartments of people with TB.
Maxim’s photo essays on TB have been have appeared in several different countries, but continue to struggle for exposure in Ukraine.
Maxim Dondyuk has received several awards for his work by prestigious organizations including POYi: Issue Reporting Multimedia Story, The Yonhap International Press Photo Awards, Photo Evidence Book Award, The Photographers Giving Back Contest and The Circle of Life. The World Health Organization has used Maxim’s TB photos to support the European MDR-TB Action Plan.
Maxim Dondyuk lives and works in Ukraine, moving from one region to another as he pursues the Tuberculoses project.
Another project Maxim is working on in Ukraine documents the annual pilgrimage by Hasidim to honor the grave of Rabbi Nachman.
Maxim Dondyuk supports his work with both conventional photography and multimedia.
2008 ‐ Aleksandr Lapin master‐class “Photography as …”
2009 ‐ Sergey Maksimishin master‐class “The way to success. Photostories. Work with news agencies”
2009 ‐ Donald Weber master‐class “Photojournalism”
2010 – Jason Eskenazi master‐class “Killing the Buddha”
2011 – NOOR-Nikon Masterclass of Documentary Photography. Stanley Greene, Philip Blenkinsop, Pep Bonet (Bucharest, Romania).
Organization – World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe), Foundation for “Development of Ukraine” (Ukraine), Kherson charitable foundations “Mongoose” (Ukraine).
Agencies – Ask Images (France), EPA (Germany), Focus Picture (Russia), Metaphor Images (Australia).
Magazines – Russian Reporter (Russia), OGONEK (Russia), Vokrug Sveta (Russia), Tyzhden (Ukraine), Focus (Ukraine), KyivWeekly (Ukraine), Zurnalas FOTO (Lithuania), VDOH (Ukraine), No Borders Magazine (iPad).
Newspapers – Berliner Zeitung (Germany), Helsingin Sanomat (Finland), Kommersant (Russia), Izvestiya (Russia), Nevskoye Vremya (Russia), Comments (Ukraine).
2010 – Winner the photojournalism development foundation award, 2st place in story category “People and Events”.
2010 – Winner the photojournalism development foundation award, 3st place in story category “News”.
2010 – Winner the photojournalism development foundation award, 3st place in story category “Sports Events”.
2011 – Honorable mention Yonhap International Press Photo Awards.
2011 – Winner contest “Photo Film”, 1st place in Chernihiv Photo Fest.
2011 – Winner contest “The Circle of Life" in international photofestival “Vilnius Photo Circle”.
2011 – Finalist Pikto International Competition.
2012 – Award of Excellence (Issue Reporting Multimedia Story) Picture of the Year Int’l (POYi).
2012 – Finalist of Photo Evidence Book Award 2012.
2012 – 2nd Prize Picture Story of the Year of the Photographers Giving Back Contest.
2012 – Winner of BD’s Hope for a Healthy World Photo Competition in the “Best Global Health Story” category.
2008 – personal exhibition “Сhair days” in Kharkov, Ukraine.
2011 – personal exhibition “TB epidemic in Ukraine” in Kiev, Ukraine.
2011 – personal еxhibition “Uman, Rosh Hashanah” in Lviv, Ukraine.
2011 – personal exhibition “TUBERCULOSIS” in Moscow, Russia.
2011 – screening “TB epidemic in Ukraine” in Bursa Photo Fest, Turkey.
2011 – screening “TB epidemic in Ukraine” in Chernihiv Photo Fest, Ukraine.
2011 – screening “TB epidemic in Ukraine” and ’’Uman, Rosh Hashsana" in Vilnius Photo Circle, Lithuania.
2012 – personal exhibition “TB epidemic in Ukraine” in Donetsk, Ukraine.
2012 – screening “TB epidemic in Ukraine” in Instant Coffees, United Kingdom.
Institute of Journalism, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine.
Center for Documentary Photography «FOTODOC», Moscow.