The Royal Photographic Society is one of the most prestigious photographic societies in the world. Founded in 1853 by celebrated British photographer Roger Fenton, the Society acquired one of its first contributions by the founder in 1855, when Fenton visited what is now Ukraine and took photographs of the Crimean War. The Royal Photographic Society accepts works from photographers from all over the world, but these undergo a scrupulous selection. This is noteworthy given the fact that this month exhibitions of works by Ukrainian photographers, who are the members of this organization, including Andriy Kotliarchuk, Anatoliy Kovalsky, Yuriy Sanin, Valentyna Yesipova, and Viktor Zaporozhchenko, will be held in London.
Generally, integration of Ukrainian art in the global art space enabled Ukrainian photo artists to present their works in the international arena, which has been proved by their participation in international auctions like Sotheby’s, Phillips de Pury, and, of course, by the increasing interest from European collectors.
Prior to the exhibition of five Ukrainian photographers in London, an exposition of 30 of their works in various genres and styles was held at the Kyiv-based ANN Gallery with the assistance of the Embassy of Ukraine in the United Kingdom. In general, the exhibitions in London were made possible through the work of the curator of the project “Ukrainian Art and the World” Hanna Lavrekha and the representative in Great Britain Volodymyr Yamin, who showed the works of Ukrainian photographers to the President of the Royal Photographic Society Roy Robertson. Robertson was greatly impressed by the contemporary photo art in Ukraine