Refugee mather and children in Medyka, Poland two weeks after the invasion.

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Portrait Ukraine

Allan Mestel | Ukraine

Organization: Allan Mestel Photography

Embarking on three poignant journeys to Ukraine since the full-scale invasion in February 2022, photographer Allan Mestel presents a collection of images capturing the stark realities witnessed.

The first journey led him to the Ukraine/Poland border, documenting the immediate aftermath of the invasion and the harrowing refugee crisis. A few months later, Mestel returned to Ukraine to document the devastating aftermath of Russia’s military attacks and missile strikes, revealing the profound human toll on the people of Ukraine.

During his most recent journey in September 2023, he traveled to cities and small towns throughout Ukraine, including Lviv, Kramatorsk, Chasiv Yar, and Mykolaiv, where he witnessed the significant impact of the war on the Ukrainian people, civilian infrastructure, and the surrounding landscape. During this trip, he immersed himself in the environments of those affected, taking intimate portraits that reflect the authentic human experience amidst war.

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