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My earliest memory of photography is from when I was a child. My uncle was an amateur photographer and did his own developing. It was like magic to watch as an image appeared on a blank sheet of paper.
I learnt to photograph by myself to start with, with the help of books.
Becoming a photographer appealed to me because I didn’t want to sit still in one place my whole life. Photography, it seemed to me, could help to move forward and develop as a person.
My first assignment as a photographer was at a protest by Ukrainian women's rights group Femen. That experience made me think about every step while on assignment - and how to make the right decisions quickly.
Working in a warzone in the East of Ukraine is the assignment that’s left the biggest mark on me. I reassessed my own life and understood what is really important to me - and also why I do what I do.
After I had became a photographer, at some point I realized that I could change someone's life only with one photo. I understood that I am responsible not only for my own actions, but also for the fate of every person who is in my pictures.