Igor Chekachkov has visited the Cassis Art Residency (France) to work on a photo book. The creative place is located in a small town near the city of Marseille and offers artists a quiet place to work on their projects, and its structure promotes creative co-operation and the exchange of experience between artists from different countries.
Foundation of Arseniy Yatsenyuk's "Open Ukraine" supported Ihor with a travel grant for this professional trip.
"Here, at the Residence, I’ve been working a lot without distracting factors, as well as collaborate with photographers and designers from other countries. They helped me to make the first version of the layout and understand the basic structure of the book. In addition to the main project, I made a lot of photos about the lives of people in the city of Cassi, which will be the material for the next series", – Mr. Chekachkov shares his impression on a photomaterial.
The author of the photobook states that the important result of this trip were new contacts, which would be very useful in his teaching work. During the trip, Ihor was able to arrange for his German and Portuguese colleges lectures in Kharkiv.
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The Open Ukraine Foundation provides travel grants for Ukrainian artists to exchange professional experience at the international level and to improve cooperation between Ukrainian and foreign artists. These grants give Ukrainian artists the opportunity to present their achievements around the world.
Igor Chekachkov is a Ukrainian photographer from Kharkiv. He studied at the Kharkov National University of Radio Electronics. Since 2007, he is learning photojournalism, collaborating with many Ukrainian and international editions. From 2013, Igor has been working in the genre of artistic photography. He have created a number of high-profile projects, participated in exhibitions in Ukraine, France, USA and other countries, and also was published in Ukrainian and European publications. In 2017 Igor became the founder of his own academy, where he trained art photography and visual perception.