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Brutally honest polaroids taken from the Ukrainian frontline

The Ukrainian revolution of 2014, also known as the Euromaidan Revolution or, at times, the ‘Revolution of Dignity’, took place when a string of violent events which involved protesters, and unknown shooters in the capital city and riot police all clashed.

The result was the then Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych, being ousted and the Ukrainian Government being overthrown. 

In the aftermath of the uprising, armed conflict followed in the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine and southwestern Russia. In a perilously dangerous situation, photographers Jean-Marc Caimi and Valentina Piccinni headed to the frontline armed just with cameras in a bid to document the people of the frontline.

Working with their project War Dreams in mind, Caimi and Piccinni asked soldiers based at a military base near Donetsk: “What do you see when you close your eyes?” and their series depicts the response.

“We were impressed to see people of all social classes and age gathering for an ideal and truly committed to clear their country from the corrupted government of Janukovyc” the duo said in an interview with Featureshoot. “More than the clashes to us it was crucial to describe the persons: the human aspect of the war more than the war itself.”

They added: “We decided to use a Polaroid because we had this ‘dreams diary’ concept in mind.”

Here is a selection of the pictures taken:

Borys, 74, from Kiev.

“I thought, why are they taking a picture of me and what will happen to Ukraine.”

Denis, 19, from Kiev.

“[I’m thinking] about mother.”

Codename Khmel, 35, from Khmelnytskiy.

“Only a stupid man will express his anger loudly. I, on the other hand, will wake up and quietly revenge.”

See the full series, War Dreams, via the official website of Caimi and Piccinni, here.