Maidan–Portraits from the Black Square is a series of portraits of anti-government protestors and mourners made in a makeshift photographic studio in Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), Kiev during February 2014. On February 1 2014, Independence Square was under siege, surrounded by police loyal to the government. Rising tensions culminated in the worst day of violence on 20 February and the following day President Yanokovych fled Ukraine. Three months of protests resulted in 112 confirmed dead, and many more missing. The portraits were uniformly shot against the black backdrop of Taylor-Lind’s improvised studio, removing them from the context of the barricades just a few feet away. Captured with an air of stillness and reflection, these photographs show the individuals involved in, and impacted by, the unrest.
Anastasia Taylor-Lind is an English/Swedish journalist (b.1981) who has been working for leading editorial publications on issues relating to women, population, and war for a decade. She is a Harvard Nieman Fellow 2016, and is also a Logan Fellow 2017 at The Carey Institute for Global Good where she started writing a book about the visual representation of contemporary warfare and the photojournalists who cover it. As a photographic storyteller, her focus has been on long-form narrative reportage for monthly magazines.