A book with rare photos of Kyiv in the 90s will be published in Great Britain

Peter Fond, a former diplomat of the British Foreign Ministry and a freelance photographer for the Associated Press in the past, presents a book with unique photographs of Kyiv from 1996-1999.

Main image: At weekends “you could not move for chess being played”, said Mr Ford

The collection of 300 photos will be called “Kyiv — moments of time.” Peter Ford independently finances its publication.

Mr Ford remembers meeting Wladimir (pictured) and Vitali Klitschko when they came to the Embassy for visas
Locomotive parts were repurposed into outdoor gyms on the banks of the river

“These people I worked with are suffering [in the war today]. I just thought, what can I do?‘” Ford explained to BBC.

In the book’s foreword, the well-known Ukrainian photographer, a colleague of the author of the book at AP Yefrem Lukatsky, describes the “huge in stature” of the British photographer as a “noticeable” and memorable figure on the streets of the city.

A priest blesses the waters of the Dnipro River on Orthodox New Year as onlookers prepare to take a plunge
On summer evenings, elderly couples would dance to violin and accordion music in Independence Square

“Few photographs of that period of Ukrainian life have survived, and Peter’s work is an invaluable contribution to the history of Ukraine,” Yefrem Lukatsky noted.

Ford will send the proceeds from the sale to charity. The profit will go to the Rotary Club in Walsall to help with the delivery of medicines to Ukraine.

Ukrainian army veterans toast one another on Independence Day in Kyiv
Peter Ford captured a little girl in national costume being picked up by a soldier during a May Day parade

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