Photo by Pasha Stepanenko

Photo by Pasha Stepanenko

Brendan Hoffman is an American documentary photographer based in Kyiv, Ukraine, where his work reflects his interest in themes of nationalism, identity, history, politics, and the environment. His recent focus has been on Ukraine and the war in the country’s east, which he has covered for The New York Times, Newsweek, Getty Images, and others. Before that he documented the 2013-14 Maidan protests in Kyiv.

His ongoing 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 and political polarization through the lens of a small town in Iowa, for which he was selected as an artist-in-residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska. 

From 2007 to 2013, he was based in Washington, DC, and frequently worked on Capitol Hill and at the White House. Brendan’s work has been recognized by Sony World Photography Awards, the Alexia Foundation, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, 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, speaks a decent amount of Russian, and is a co-founder of the photography collective Prime.


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I live in Ukraine.

Destinations in Europe, Central Asia, the Baltics, and the Middle East are all close at hand.

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