Oksana Parafeniuk is a photographer based in Kyiv, Ukraine, specializing in reportage, portraiture, documentary, news and event photography. 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, 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 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.

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

Selected Publications:

“La bataille des Églises d’Ukraine”, Pèlerin (in print), November 29, 2018


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

"Ukraine’s Gontareva on one of the toughest jobs in central banking", Central Banking, May 12, 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

"Дерев’яна коробка фотографій". Фотопроект про переселення, пам’ять і втрату", Ukrainian Truth, 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