Born in Eastern Ukraine, Alexander Chekmenev began his photographic career working for a local studio in his home town of Luhansk. His early work focused on people affected by the collapse of the Soviet Union collapse and is an intimate and unique insider view of the painful transition of an area that was once a major coal mining region. In 1997, he moved to Kiev, where he currently works as photojournalist. He has been published in magazines worldwide and has exhibited widely in Europe including shows at Side Gallery, Newcastle and Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff. His first USA show opened in November 2016 at Blue Sky Gallery, Portland.