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Brendan Hoffman (b. Albany, NY, 1980) is a documentary photographer based in Kiev, Ukraine, where his work reflects his interest in the ways economic and political structures shape modern society and the weight of history on everyday life. He divides his time between client work and personal projects. His book-length project The Beating of the Heart is an exploration of contemporary middle class America in the context of free trade, the decline of blue collar jobs, and economic polarization through the lens of a small town in Iowa. Past assignments have included covering the 2014 crisis in Ukraine for Getty Images, The Washington Post, and Newsweek; the 2012 US presidential campaign for TIME and the New York Times; and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti for Getty Images, the Wall Street Journal, and others. From 2007 to 2013, he was based in Washington, DC, and frequently worked on Capitol Hill and at the White House. Brendan has received awards for his photography from Pictures of the Year International, American Photography 29, the White House News Photographers Association, and other organizations. He has worked in a variety of countries for both editorial and NGO clients, and is a co-founder of the photography collective Prime.


1980 Born in Albany, New York, USA
Currently lives and works in Kiev, Ukraine

2011 Co-founder of Prime Collective


2006 International Center of Photography (Documentary Photography: Passion, Purpose, and Personal Vision), New York, NY, USA
2002 Bachelor of Arts (Major in Art & Art History), College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014 "Euromaidan" Zoom Photo Festival, Saguenay, Quebec, Canada
2014 "Euromaidan" Singapore International Photography Festival

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 "Of Midwest, By Midwest" Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, WI (curated by Wally Mason, Director, Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University)
2014 "The Everyday Projects" Photoville, New York, NY
2014 "Appetite: The Culture of Food" Air Circulation, Brooklyn, NY
2014 "Shift" Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff, Wales 
2014 “Home” Islander Art Gallery, Oso Bay Biennial XVIII, Corpus Christi, TX
2014 "Euromaidan: The True Story" Checkpoint Charlie Museum, Berlin, Germany
2014 “Euromaidan: The True Story” 8 Bit Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine
2012 “Liberty & Justice (For All)” VII Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2012 “Liberty & Justice (For All)” Fovea Exhibits, Beacon, NY
2011 “Prime Show” Random Row Books, Charlottesville, VA (curated by Whitney Johnson, Director of Photography, The New Yorker)
2011 “WHNPA Eyes of History” Edison Gallery, Washington, DC (juried exhibition)
2006 “HeART of DC” John A. Wilson Building (City Hall), Washington, DC (catalog)

Clients and Publications

The New York Times Magazine, TIME, The New York Times, Newsweek, M Le Magazine du Monde, The New Yorker, ACDI/VOCA, Stern, The Wall Street Journal, AARP, Foreign Policy, The Daily Beast, Getty Images, The Washington Post, USA Today, MSNBC, The Chicago Tribune, NBC News, Bloomberg Businessweek, ICRC, Shell, Philips, Nickelodeon, Project HOPE, The Boston Globe

Selected Awards and Honors

2014 Huck Magazine Documentary Photography Special II, Featured Photographer
2014 White House News Photographers Association, 1st Place International News Single
2014 White House News Photographers Association, 3rd Place International News Picture Story
2013 Nominated for PDN 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch
2013 CENTER, Review Santa Fe selection
2013 Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, reporting grant recipient
2013 Pictures of the Year International (POYi), Award of Excellence, Campaign 2012
2013 New York Portfolio Review (hosted by the New York Times)
2013 American Photography 29, Chosen for The Archive
2013 White House News Photographers Association, Feature Story Award of Excellence
2011 Prime Collective, co-founding photographer
2011 White House News Photographers Association, 2nd Place Feature Story
2011 Dart Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Trauma (with Boston Globe)
2009 Eddie Adams Workshop, Jeffersonville, NY
2008 David Alan Harvey Emerging Photographers Fund, grant finalist

Selected Interviews/Reviews

Martha Kearney, “Photographers Behind the Images of 2014,” BBC Radio 4 World at One, January 2, 2015.

Jim Powell, “The 20 Photographs of the Year,” The Guardian, December 27, 2014.

Olivier Laurent, “29 Instagrams that Defined the World in 2014,” TIME Lightbox, December 16, 2014.

Anton Ivanov, “Surveillance Cameras,” Esquire Ukraine, December 2014.

“States of Change,” HUCK 46: Documentary Photography Special II, September 2014.

“What Remains of Donetsk,”, August 27, 2014.

Francesca Trianni, "Malaysia Airlines Ukraine Crash Site: Eyewitness Accounts of Tragedy,", July 24, 2014.

Scott Adam, "The crash site of flight MH17: first hand account," BBC Radio 4, July 18, 2014.

Oksana Parafeniuk, "Inspiration: Brendan Hoffman," Bird in Flight, July 9, 2014. inspiration/experience/brendan-hoffman-i-was-at-risk-of-being-kidnapped.html

Mia Tramz, "#LightboxFF: Brendan Hoffman in Eastern Ukraine," TIME Lightbox, May 30, 2014.

Leah Latella, “Instagramming Ukraine's Revolution,” Newsweek, February 24, 2014.

Jakob Schiller, “Go on the Front Lines of Ukraine's Violent Protests,” WIRED Raw File, February 21, 2014.

Olivier Laurent, “Behind Kiev's Barricades, Against the Odds,” British Journal of Photography, January 31, 2014.

Vaughn Wallace, “Watching the Protests in Kiev: One Photographer's Perspective,” Al Jazeera America, January 28, 2014.

Logan Mock-Bunting, “Spotlight on Brendan Hoffman,” The Image Deconstructed, December 30, 2012.

Jakob Schiller, “Gorgeous Photos from the Front Lines of Outsourcing,” WIRED Raw File, October 31, 2012.

Clint Alwahab, “Middle-Class America Searches for New Identity,” CNN, October 13, 2012.

Lauren Margolis, “Photos of What It Looks Like To Be a Democrat,” PhotoShelter, September 25, 2012.

Artist Lectures

2014 "Photographing Euromaidan," Uglich Photo Festival, Uglich, Russia 
2014 “Urban Legacies, Rural Traditions,” DC Environmental Film Festival
2012 Guest Lecturer, Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC
2011 “Flickr'd, Tumbl'd, Blogged and Broadcast: The (ongoing) creation and reception of Presidential imagery (panel)” Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference, St. Louis, MO


City Hall Art Collection, Washington, DC
Private collections in the United States

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