DONBASS - Alexander Chekmenev
(German, English, Russian)
Published by KEHRER, 2011
The Donbass, a huge coal and industrial area in the east of Ukraine, is one of the major metropolitan areas in Eastern Europe.
Since the 18th century, coal is mined here. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, more than half of the mines were closed.
The photographer Alexander Chekmenev documented in this book in an impressive and touching way the lives of coal miners in the region.
PASSPORT - Alexander Chekmenev
Published by Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2017
In 1994-1995, in Luhansk, a town in southeast Ukraine, social services began employing photographers to take passport photos in the homes of those who were elderly or ill, and could not themselves afford to pay a photographer. Alexander Chekmenev was one of the photographers commissioned to go door to door during this national campaign. And so he ended up in the homes of these people, along with the social workers whose more usual job was to provide free medicine and groceries.