Oksana Parafeniuk is an independent photographer based in Kyiv, Ukraine, where she is exploring the manifestations of human resilience and dignity among people facing hardships. Her main interest is to explore creative approaches in documentary photography. 

In addition to her personal projects, Oksana has worked with and published her work in The Washington Post, NBC News, Al Jazeera English, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, Expresso newspaper / Portugal, MSF Doctors Without Borders, UN Women, BBC Ukraine, Incisive Media, UNAIDS, Internews Ukraine, L’Oeil de la Photographie, Bird in Flight Magazine, Ukrainian Truth, The Artbo, Prism Photo Magazine, and others. Participated in several Ukrainian exhibitions, among which a major group exhibition called “What is Your Name”, organized by UNICEF on the theme of internally displaced people, shown at Mystetskyi Arsenal in Kyiv, Ukraine (December 2016).

Oksana also works as a local producer with foreign media and international organizations in Ukraine, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, National Geographic, ARTE, CNBC, Danish TV2, BBC, Al Jazeera English, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Channel NewsAsia, Getty Images, France24, UNHCR, UNICEF, Internews, and others.

Oksana was trained at the RISC HEFAT Training in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2018.

She is a participant of the Women Photograph Mentorship Program 2017-2018.

Oksana holds an MA degree in French/Francophone Civilization, Culture, and Society from Middlebury College where she was awarded the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace.

Oksana speaks fluent English and French, in addition to her native Ukrainian and Russian.

Selected Publications:

“Ukraine Tries to Build a New Identity”, The Wall Street Journal, October 11, 2019

“Judaïsme : dans le centre de l’Ukraine, un Roch Hachana “unique”, Religioscope, October 11, 2019

“Millions in eastern Ukraine endure invisible wounds of war”, UNHCR, October 4, 2019

“At a Ukrainian aircraft engine factory, China’s military finds a cash-hungry partner”, The Washington Post, May 20, 2019

“За сценаріями Наталії Ворожбит знімали «Кіборгів» і «Школу» Гай Германікі. Зараз вона дебютує як режисер”, TheБабель, September 20, 2019

“Ukrainian voters speak ahead of key presidential poll”, Al Jazeera English, March 30, 2019

“A Brain Drain is Devastating Ukraine”, NBC News, March 30, 2019

“Ukraine election: A unique village laments its historical divide”, Al Jazeera English, March 28, 2019

Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky leads polls in Ukraine's presidential race”, NBC News, February 25, 2019

Maidan massacre anniversary: Ukraine remembers bloody day of protests”, NBC News, February 20, 2019

“A Long and Painful Journey”, MSF/Doctors Without Borders, January 13, 2019


Ukraine tore down its Lenin statues. The hard part is filling the spaces left behind”, The Washington Post, November 16, 2018

"Чому так важко виховувати "особливих дітей" на Донбасі", BBC Ukraine, December 12, 2017

"IN UKRAINE, CRIMEAN TATARS HAUNTED BY A SECOND EXILE", Newsweek online, November 22, 2017

"Stopping Trade in its Tracks", U.S. News & World Report, March 28, 2017

"New Fears in Ukraine's Coal Country", U.S. News & World Report, March 28, 2017

Olga Osipova "Remember Me: Collages of Memories in a Series by Oksana Parafeniuk", Bird in Flight, November 17, 2016

"Oksana Parafeniuk Wooden Box of Photographs", The Eye Of Photography / L'oeil De La Photographie, December 3, 2016

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2016 Part of the group exhibition “What is Your Name”, organized by UNICEF on the theme of internally displaced people, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine

2014 Gallery “Red&Black”, Kaniv, Ukraine

2011 ":Four :Different" Fulbright Office, Kyiv, Ukraine