Copyright 2014 Jan Brykczynski
Photographer: Jan Brykczynski (born & resides Warsaw, Poland)
Self-published (Poland) with support by Sputnik Photos
Essays: Taras Prokhas’ko
Text: English on a double-gate spread with Polish and Ukrainian text insert
Hardcover book, embossed cover with magnetic closure, sewn binding, four-color lithography, printed in Poland.
Photobook designer: Ana Natecka, Tapir Book Design
Notes: Brykczynski has uses a documentary style to photograph a small village in the Ukraine that is composed of a Boiko culture. This is a primitive region where sleds and sleighs are drawn by horses, animals are slaughtered on open tables exposed to the harsh elements, the floors of homes are mostly dirt and fields of grain are cut by hand. The portraits of those who live in the region portray a warmth and strong religious belief that belies the struggling economics. It appears that this region is in a transitional phase of old beliefs mixed with the new technology of electrical lighting, automobiles and contemporary clothing. A poignant study of an old culture battled by contemporary elements.