Book Club: Ukraine – A War Crime

May 23, 2023
12:00–13:00PM EDT
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In this Book Club event, Ziyah Gafic speaks with Svetlana Bachevanova and Sarah Leen about Ukraine: A War Crime.

A compilation of work by 93 photojournalists from 25 countries who united to share their firsthand experience covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine, “Ukraine – A War Crime” is the FotoEvidence 2023 award winner. The book collects visual evidence of the violence and war crimes committed on Ukrainian soil. As such, it will serve as a powerful tool for mobilization, legal prosecution, and as an historical document for future generations.


Sarah Leen founded The Visual Thinking Collective in 2019 as a community for independent photo editors, teachers, and visual managers to serve photographers, media, art and academic institutions, NGOs, and corporate clients in telling their stories in unique, authentic, and highly visual ways. Formerly Directory of Photography for National Geographic Magazine and Visual Media, she has won numerous awards for both her photography and photo editing from the NPPA, the Pictures of the Year, and the World Press Photo Awards.
Svetlana Bachevanova is the executive director of the FotoEvidence Foundation. She is a Bulgarian American photojournalist and a co-founder FotoEvidence press (2010). The books she and her team publish expose injustice, create enduring evidence of violations of human rights and inspire social change.
Ziyah Gafić is the VII Academy Regional Director Balkans and an award-winning photojournalist and videographer based in Sarajevo. Focusing on societies locked in a perpetual cycle of violence and Muslim communities worldwide, he has covered major stories in over 50 countries, including conflicts in Chechnya, Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, and Afghanistan.

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