Dolph Kessler Photography

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In October 2012, when I paid Lviv, a city in Western Ukraine, a six-day visit, the city had a great impact on me. It is an extraordinary city with an impressive and dramatic history and a beautiful urban structure. I decided to start a photo project about it together with journalist Michiel Driebergen, urban planner Kees van Ruyven and philosopher Ruud Meij.
After two years of taking photographs and talking to people the book Lviv, city of paradoxes came out in September 2014 with the subtitle: perspectives between beauty and drama.

Michiel Driebergen focused on the history of Lviv. It is a city in which Hitler and Stalin were given free rein, resulting in a systematic destruction of the Central-European culture. Most residents were expelled or murdered. Yet the buildings have been miraculously salvaged.
Kees van Ruyven wrote an essay about the city itself, its structure and its qualities.
The third essay, by Ruud Meij, deals with the corruption in Lviv and Lviv’s future. Herman Zonderland made a unique map supplement.
Dolph kessler - The city in the year 2014
Dolph kessler - From above
Dolph kessler - The jews of Lemberg
Dolph kessler - Poles and Ukrainians
Dolph kessler - Residents of Lviv that are interviewed
Dolph kessler - Lviv, during and after Maidan
Dolph kessler - The Soviet districts of the city
Dolph kessler - The churches
Dolph kessler - Portraits in the busses and trams