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Courtesy of 

Philip Cheung

LEICA Fotografie International / BarTur Award Photojournalist of the Year

Philip Cheung


Philip Cheung is a Canadian photographer based in Los Angeles. His photographs have been exhibited at venues across North America and Europe, such as the SFO Museum (San Francisco, USA), the National Portrait Gallery (London, UK), and the Canadian War Museum (Ottawa, Canada). Most recently, his work from the war in Ukraine was on display at NATO Headquarters (Brussels, Belgium), the World Economic Forum (Davos, Switzerland), The Pinchuk Art Center (Kyiv, Ukraine), the European Parliament (Brussels, Belgium), and the Ukrainian Institute of America (New York, USA).

He has been awarded grants by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council and was shortlisted for the Aperture Portfolio Prize in 2018.

The Magenta Foundation, Communication Arts, PDN’s 30, and American Photo have recognized Cheung. His work is held in the collection of Akkasah, Center for Photography at New York University in Abu Dhabi, and has been featured and reviewed in various publications, including Harper’s, the British Journal of Photography, Canadian Art, The Washington Post, and TIME.

Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Country: Ukraine Cities: Kharkiv, Kyiv, Lysyschansk, Bilohorodka, Irpin


Soon after Russia invaded Ukraine, I traveled there from Los Angeles. I spent a month documenting the effects of the war across the country and its horrors perpetrated on the civilian population. These photographs from Lviv, Kyiv, Kharkiv, and the Donbass show the daily lives of Ukrainians living in constant fear and suffering the brutality of the Russian military.

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