On Saturday, 10 December 2011 in the foundation IZOLYATSIA. Platform for cultural initiatives the photographer Aleksandr Chekmenev (Kiev, Ukraine) presented to Donetsk audience his book about life in Donbass. The photos were followed by explanations of images origin and principle of choice. Aleksandr described the portrayed people, their work, struggle and way of living.
In his works the photograph features the social characters - of miners working in illegal mines, their families, neighbors and friends…In course of the presentation Aleksandr Chekmenev emphasized that it was important for him to record the period of the mid 90’s till early 2000’s as a part of Donbass history, to picture miners’ work in the documentary photography – independent and honest – and he seemed to have achieved this goal.