Joseph Sywenkyj (b. 1978) is an American photographer specializing in reportage, portraiture, breaking news, and travel photography. He moved to Ukraine in 2003 on a Fulbright Grant and has traveled extensively throughout the region and beyond. He divides his time between the USA and Ukraine.
Mr. Sywenkyj’s photographs have appeared in various publications such as The New York Times, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Conde Nast Portfolio, GQ, Time, Newsweek, The New Yorker, and many others.
Mr. Sywenkyj has won multiple awards and grants. He was a finalist for the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography in both 2011 and 2009 and was also a finalist for a 2010 Hasselblad Masters Award. In 2003 he was named as one of Photo District News 30 Emerging Photographers to watch. He attended the 2002 World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass and in 2001 was awarded a Visual Arts Foundation Grant. Kodak Professional has sponsored the creation of his work in Ukraine as well as in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
His photographs have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums including Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland; Les Rencontres d’Arles in Arles, France; George Eastman House in Rochester, New York; The Richard B. Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC and the United Nations Visitor’s Lobby in New York City.
Mr. Sywenkyj graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2002 with honors with a BFA in photography.