Bird in Flight Prize ‘19 Finalist: 50 UAH
Roman Pashkovskiy, Ukraine
“50 UAH” is an ongoing project, portraying the people, whom we usually fail to notice. Their lives often stuck between poverty and begging.
Kyiv-based author explains: “To distill this social layer, I spread DIY leaflets throughout the city. It stated that I will pay 50 UAH (1,8 USD) to anyone who will come to my studio and will have his portrait taken, and that age and appearance don’t matter. One question followed the session–”How will you spend the money?” The answers were surprisingly moving and honest.”
50 UAH (Ukrainian currency) or 1,8 USD is relatively small amount of money in Ukraine. But for some, this is a significant amount. So, heroes were ready to commute long distances to get to his studio.