A project selected for the open voting of the Bird in Flight Prize ‘19 special nomination Panasonic Readers’ Choice Award
roman pashkovskiy, Ukraine
50 UAH (1,8 USD) is an ongoing project, portraying the people, whom we usually fail to notice. Their lives often stuck between poverty and beggary. 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 are relatively small money in Ukraine. But for some, this is a significant amount. So heroes were ready to commute long distances to get to his studio. Modern society is extremely diverse. Something that one may consider mundane, like a pack of cigarettes or a piece of bread for others may bring joy.