Building a Ukrainian War Photo Archive

Virtual event


December 13, 2022
12:00–13:15PM EST


The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a pivotal event in the history of Europe, resulting in thousands of civilian casualties and triggering a global food and energy crisis. Documenting the ongoing war and preserving that documentation is a historical necessity.

In this event, Katya Sergatskova, Eugene Safonov, and Emine Ziyatdinova give us a first look at the Ukraine War Photo Archive they are building to preserve documentary visual materials about the Russian invasion and to support photographers who cover the events. 

The Warchive platform will use technology from the Distant Viewing Lab at the University of Richmond in the U.S. to create an easy-to-use open and interactive platform. Users will be able to search the large photography collection by date, location, author, and theme. The images will be preserved on servers outside of Ukraine so they can not be destroyed. The project intends to launch a beta version of the platform by the end of this year with images from 100 photographers.  

This event was recorded, and you can watch the video here.

Emine Ziyatdinova

Emine Ziyatdinova is a Crimean Tatar documentary photographer and independent consultant currently working in the non-profit and media development sphere. Emine’s photography work has been supported by a Fulbright Scholarship and a Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund Fellowship, and she is a media consultant with the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Profile photo (c) Anastasia Turpetko.

Eugene Safonov

Eugene Safonov is co-founder of Bird in Flight magazine, the most popular in Eastern Europe media about photography, for which he was editor-in-chief for seven years, and ran its photo school in Kyiv. Profile photo (c) Roman Pashkovskiy.

Katerina Sergatskova

Katerina Sergatskova is a journalist, editor-in-chief, and co-founder of Ukraine-based Zaborona Media. Katerina focuses on human rights and human stories in Eastern Europe, and has reported from the occupied territories in Ukraine and Iraq. Following the Russian Invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 she co-founded the 2402 Fund, which helps journalists in Ukraine with first aid kits, equipment, and safety training.
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