Vidan included more than 100 works from 21 authors - this is the most complete cut of Ukrainian erotic photography. The circulation is limited: 1 000 copies, each of which is signed by hand. The work on the book took two years - according to the publisher Dana Pavlychko, a lot of time was spent on the selection of materials, research and the search for authors. “We will distribute it in Ukraine primarily through the Basics website and look forward to international sales,” says Dana. - We have a lot of pre-orders. Alas, the book is not enough for everyone. ”
To select the material that was supposed to enter the book, an open-call was announced - those who wished could send their work. They were reviewed by an editorial team consisting of Sasha Kurmaz, Viktor Marushchenko, Oli Kostyrko, Victoria Mironenko and Dana Pavlychko. According to Sasha Kurmaz, the main problem of Ukrainian photography is secondary.“Sometimes it seems that many Ukrainian photographers are still living in the past,” he told Bird in Flight.
According to the publishing editor Sveta Libet, the publication has an educational character: “The photographs presented in the book were taken from the beginning of the 90s to the present day. Photographers of the Kharkov school of photography have a pronounced handwriting, many shots are easily recognizable. But young authors also stand out, such as Anastasia Lazurenko, Zhenya Volkov. We tried to avoid evaluating the pictures “good” or “bad”, but rather wanted to show a cross-section of Ukrainian erotic photography - key photographers for their time and their work. What kind of life - such and erotic, and the photographs are clearly visible. This, we think, is the main value of the project. ”
Victor Marushchenko, photographer:
“We worked on a military almanac for Essentials, and we had a team: Olya Kostyrko, Sasha Kurmaz and me. And we were so tired of watching those works, that when Dana Pavlychko asked what would happen next, I had the idea to do something completely opposite to rest.We decided that it would be Ukrainian erotic photography. But the search for authors of this topic was more difficult than the military.
We have selected photos for the book for over a year. At first we announced an open-call, we were sent a lot of work, but they are not the same. We wanted to completely abandon commercial photography, so we refused all good commercial photographers. I wanted to go to a more “homemade” photo, immediate and more in demand today in the world. But, unfortunately, Ukrainian photographers erotic removed very commercially, and it all looks like the covers of fashion magazines.
We included works by both venerable authors (Oleg Malevany, Yevgeny Pavlov, Sergey Bratkov, Nikolay Trokh) and little-known ones, whose pictures have every chance to go down in the history of Ukrainian photography. We cannot say that we are “discoverers”, because all these photos were already long before us - just in our own narrow circles, even somewhere published abroad. We certainly managed to present a cut of Ukrainian erotic photography - this was the goal we were pursuing. The works selected for the book were made from 1991 to 2017.By them you can trace not only the development of photography, but also what life was like in Ukraine during these years.
How can you characterize Ukrainian erotic photography? Like all Ukrainian photography: complete chaos.People don't understand what they are doing. Many are poisoned by commercial pictures. People are not free. They have cliches in their heads, which they are not able to change - and therefore they work in a very narrow segment. The shift towards commerce is ruining good authors.
Probably, we did not reveal the layers of amateur photography related to eroticism - this information did not reach us. But it should be somewhere, because we see: so many girls take pictures of themselves. And among these photos for sure there is a real amateur erotica.
I think that the book may be interesting abroad. Erotica is an international concept and has no borders. And the words “Ukrainian erotica” abroad should generally wince - everyone knows what beautiful girls in Ukraine are ”.