Joseph Sywenkyj is an American photojournalist whose current project is photographing injured Maidan activists and wounded Ukrainian soldiers as they attempt to go on with their lives after their injuries.
Sywenkyj stated that he’s not just looking to show wounded people, but to illustrate the relationships they have with family and friends. Some of the people who have been his subjects are Volodymyr Honcharovsky, who was shot three times on the Maidan, and is now stuck in a wheelchair with atrophied legs, and Vasyl Pelish, a volunteer fighter who had his arm cut off by separatists because he had a “Glory to Ukraine” tattoo on it.
Summarizing the state of Ukrainian hospitals, Sywenkyj said, “Things could be a lot better. I think hospitals and doctors do as much as they can with what they have. Without the volunteers I think things would be a lot worse, I think they play a major role in making sure these guys get better care. “
His photographs may be seen at: www.Rany.com.ua