The newspaper that shows the war as seen by Ukrainian photographers

Through the photos of those who suffer war in the first place, The Information Front: Volume One is a project that chronicles the first two months of the armed clash between Moscow and Kiev.

One of the many things that, if there is still a need, becomes increasingly clear to us through the analysis of the current conflicts, is that information is one of the hottest fronts on which these are fought.

The Information Front tells the story of the Russian invasion by giving voice exclusively to Ukrainian photographers: with simple, impactful graphics and photographs that are not easy to forget, the newspaper fills the gap that is created between post-truth and oblivion during every major socio-political event, allowing us not only to focus on a reality against which the overdose of information risks anaesthetising us, but also to actively support the most vulnerable photographers: Ukrainian reporters truly involved in the first person, to whom all proceeds from sales will go through the organisation Depth of the Arts Fund.

Alexander Chekmenev, Kyiv, March 10, Courtesy The Information Front

Volume One, published this summer, recounts the first two months of the conflict (with a photo even dated 12 February 2022), and does so through the eyes of authors who have found themselves and felt in the dramatically privileged position of being able and having to show what is happening in their country.

Not necessarily war reporters (if this definition still has any meaning), but journalists, storytellers and independent artists whose Instagram profiles and websites before the outbreak of the conflict were also full of personal work and photographic research, paths that suddenly collided and merged with a reality of devastating impact, which perhaps only a narrative made up of real involvement and commitment on the front line can render with anything close to accuracy.

The newspaper was made possible by Free Press Unlimited and organised by Katerina Radchenko, curator, artist and director of Odesa Photo Days, with photographers Christopher Nunn and Donald Weber, who have been active in Ukraine since the beginning—if not before—the 2014 crisis.

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