About Maxim


Maxim Dondyuk is a visual artist, who works with documentary photography, including archival material.

Each Maxim’s project is an in-depth study of the theme. He prefers to be a direct participant while shooting and uses personal experience and emotions in order to emphasize the basic meaning of the theme. Among the issue​s he had raised were the problem of tuberculosis​ in Ukraine - ‘TB epidemic in Ukraine’ (2010-2012); military patriotic upbringing of children in the secret camp in the Crimea mountains - ‘The Crimea Sich’ (2010-2013); the revolution in Ukraine - 'Culture of Confrontation' (2013-2014) and the aftermath of the war in the east of Ukraine - 'Between Life & Death' (2017-...).

In his latest archive project, Maxim explores the unknown life of Chernobyl areas through found films, photos, letters. His goal is to show the life that existed before the explosion at the nuclear power plant, to show how good life could be without such a destructive power of nuclear plants.

To date, Maxim is the recipient of numerous awards: Finalist of the Prix Pictet ‘Disorder’ Photography Prize, International Photographer of the Year in Lucie Awards, Finalist of the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, Winner of the Ville de Perpignan Remi Ochlik Award, Magnum Photos competition ‘30 under 30’ for emerging documentary photographers, to name a few.

His works were exhibited in solo and group exhibitions around the world: Musée d’Art Moderne (Paris), Somerset House (London), MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts (Rome), International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum (Geneva), Visa pour l’Image (Perpignan), Royal Castle (Warsaw) and others.

Maxim’s works are held in private and museum collections, including the National Museum of Photography (Colombia), the Benaki Museum (Greece),  the National Museum of The History of Ukraine in World War II (Ukraine).

His work was featured in GUP, Rolling Stone, TIME, Newsweek, Der Spiegel, STERN, Polka, 6Mois, Paris Match, Le Monde, PDN, Bloomberg Businessweek, etc.

He also collaborates with international organizations, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and Save​ the Children.

Age 36
Nationality Ukrainian
Born in Ukraine
Based in Ukraine
Languages spoken English, Russian, Ukranian

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Current Location: Thailand



  • W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, Finalist


  • Prix Pictet ‘Disorder’, Finalist.
  • Lucie Award, International Photographer of the Year
  • Prix Photo La Quatrieme Image, Winner
  • PDN Photo Annual, Winner in Documentary category


  • Ville de Perpignan Remi Ochlik Award, Winner
  • Magnum 30 Under 30


  • W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, Finalist