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Florian Bachmeier's colour photographs, taken in Ukraine over the last eight years, succeed in making visible the past and present historical processes in Ukraine, and in describing their psychological and social effects on the people as well as the landscapes.

He travels intensively throughout the country, taking photographs in the cities, in the villages and at the front. In the seventh year, an internal political conflict has turned into a ruthless proxy war that has cost thousands of lives and spread across the country in all its effects.

IN LIMBO, describes an apparent state of numbness and at the same time permanent insecurity. The portraits tell of biographies in which the conflict has inscribed itself visibly and invisibly. Next to the heroic monuments and the ruins of the last war, the front stretches across the landscape. In the end, people are left with the choice of either settling into this state or leaving the country, their homeland.



Paris Photo Aperture Photobook Awards Shortlist 2022

Binding: Softcover with flaps, Japanese binding
Languages: German, English, Ukrainian
180 pages, 21,5 x 28 cm, 955 g
Illustrations: 111 colour photographs
October 2021
ISBN: 978-3-9819805-4-7

The illustrated book FLORIAN BACHMEIER - IN LIMBO will be launched at PHOTO BASEL 2021 on Friday, 24 September 2021. The photographer will be signing books from 5 pm. Florian Bachmeier will be available for talks at the Buchkunst Berlin stand on Friday and Saturday.


Florian Bachmeier (born 1974) studied photography at the Escuela de Artes y Oficios (EAO) in Pamplona, Spain, and New and Contemporary History at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. As a documentary photographer, he has been working on long-term projects for many years, focusing on Eastern Europe. His photographs have been published in numerous magazines and journals, presented in international exhibitions and won several awards. Between 2013 and 2021, Bachmeier photographed in Ukraine. A selection of these photographs are now collected in his first photo book.

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