Ukrainian Railroad Ladies
Ukrainian Railroad Ladies is a series of portraits of traffic controllers and safety officers at railroads of Ukraine. This project is also an exploration of why these professions still exist in the 21st century, given the almost entire automatization of railroad crossings in the country. It is a study of the anthropological and social aspects of this phenomenon and the overall role of Ukraine’s railroad system. While working on the project, Sasha Maslov – known for his social documentary portraits, where the main focus is always the hero in his substantive environment – has traveled all over Ukraine.
Ukrainian Railroad Ladies is more than 50 photos of women who work on Ukrainian Railways. They seem to be a symbol of certain things in the country that don’t change, standing firm in the present as a defiant nod to the past. Unfazed by the passing of trains and time, they are here to stay.
In Ukraine, railroad traffic controllers and safety officers — about 80 percent of whom are women — spend long shifts in small dedicated buildings beside the tracks. Some buildings were inherited from the Soviet Union; others were built after independence. (The New York Times)
Ukrainian Railroad Ladies is more than 50 portraits of traffic controllers and safety officers at railroads of Ukraine. This project is also an exploration of why these professions still exist in the 21st century, given the almost entire automatisation of railroad crossings in the country. (The Guardian)
Phenomenal and symbolic Ukrainian Railroad Ladies captured in exquisite photography book by Sasha Maslov. It is a study of the anthropological and social aspects of this phenomenon and the overall role of Ukraine’s railroad system. (Kaltblut Magazine)
Maslov’s project isn’t merely a series of portraits though, it is also a reflection of the landscape along the Ukrainian railway system, where the landscape is dotted with the charming exteriors, painted in pastels, of the homes where these women live. (The Washington Post)
The stations were as charming inside as out, often decorated with personal touches like floral wallpaper and lace curtains, and personalized with family photographs, crocheted pillows, and houseplants. But if they felt homey, it’s partly because the women spent so much time in them. (WIRED)
Sasha Maslov has been visiting railroad stations all over Ukraine for 18 months. He took pictures in rustic and idyllic railroad homes. His project is an exploration of why these professions still exist in the 21st century, given the almost entire automatization of railroad crossings in Ukraine. (Marie Claire Korea)
About the author:
Sasha Maslov is a Ukrainian-American portrait photographer and storyteller based in New York City. His work has been exhibited in various photo galleries and art spaces around Europe and the United States. Sasha is a regular contributor to a number of magazines and leading publications in New York and around the globe, and is actively pursuing work on his documentary projects.
Author: Sasha Maslov
Publication year: 2020
Translate: Daisy Gibbons
Number of pages: 128
Cover: hardcover / clothbound
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