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ONE PHOTO – ONE STORY

09.08.2017

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Sergey Melnitchenko is the recipient of this year’s Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award for his series Behind the Scenes. For this award-winning collection, the Ukrainian photographer managed to capture an unusual glimpse backstage at a Chinese dance club – beyond the glitter and glamour of the entertainment business. One of his favourite images shows a young dancer bearing the painful-looking traces of a cupping therapy.

“This is one of my favorite photos from the whole series. When I came to China and saw these kind of ring marks on people, I was shocked. Then someone explained to me that it’s a traditional, Chinese form of therapy. It’s perfectly okay for a person to go to work, even if the rings made by the cupping treatment are visible. I was also shocked because anyone willing to do such a therapy in Ukraine, would surely wear clothes that cover it up so that no one can see it.

So, when I entered the dressing room and saw this girl’s back and how she was sitting, I immediately realised that it would be one of the most powerful pictures in the series. Even if everyone in China knows that these ring marks are part of a medical treatment – in other parts of the world people don’t know. I love it. It's powerful. Especially the whole color of the picture, the pose and the ring marks, of course. I love everything in this photo.”

You will find all the pictures belonging to Sergey Melnitchenko's award-winning series at Leica Oskar Barnack Award.
From the "Behind the Scenes" series, 2016

Sergey Melnitchenko

Born in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, in 1991, Melnitchenko has been taking photographs for around eight years. He is a member of Ukrainian Photographic Alternative, a collective promoting contemporary photography in Ukraine. He self-published his Loneliness Online series in 2013. His work has been shown in various international solo and group exhibitions, including the Landskrona Photo Festival (2015), the Off_Festival Bratislava (2014), and in art book presentations within the framework of the artist residency The Muzychi Expanded History Project, Kiev, Ukraine. Melnitchenko has been living and working in China for the last two years.
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