document EAST is 1 year old :)

© Maxim Dondyuk, Tomasz Lazar, Vitaly Fomenko, Marta Berens, Ioana Cirlig (from top left corner)

© Maxim Dondyuk, Tomasz Lazar, Vitaly Fomenko, Marta Berens, Ioana Cirlig (from top left corner)

Did you know that documentEAST is already 1 year old?

We hope you have enjoyed all the documentary photography from Eastern Europe that we have shared over the past year and look forward to discovering even more fascinating work from the region!

Birthdays are always a good time to think about the past – that’s why we have prepared a list of our 5 most popular posts.

1. Ioana Cirlig & Marin Raica, Post-Industrial Stories (2012 – present) 

A Romanian documentary duo takes us on a road-trip across post-industrial Romania. [by Ioana Cirlig & Marin Raica]

2. Marta Berens, Suiti (2014 – present) 

A documentary project about the Suiti people – a small Catholic community living in Latvia, whose history dates back to a romantic story from 1623 when a local landowner changed his faith for love. [by Marta Berens]

3. Maxim Dondyuk, Uman, Rosh Hashanah (2008 – 2012)

A visual story of a massive Jewish pilgrimage to a small Ukrainian town of Uman, where over 20,000 pilgrims from around the globe travel to visit the grave of rabbi Nahman and celebrate the Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah. [by Maxim Dondyuk]

4. New Eastern Europe: Stories Behind the Headlines – documentEAST & Everyday Eastern Europe

A collaborative project between documentEAST and Everyday Eastern Europe presenting a selection of mobile photography from the Everyday Eastern Europe’s archive. Experience Eastern Europe in a way you might have never seen before… [by Everyday Eastern Europe]

5. Tomasz Lazar, Coastline (2008 – 2010)

A stunning black and white series about the Polish coastline of the Baltic Sea. [by Tomasz Lazar]

Birthdays are also a great moment to think about the future – for this reason we’re busy coming up with new ideas on how to improve documentEAST. If you have any thoughts or suggestions, we would love to hear from you! Please drop us a message on – even if just to say ‘Hi’ 🙂

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