A Photographer’s Journey to Rediscover Her Ukrainian Roots


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Nearly twenty years after her family emigrated to New Jersey, photographer Katherine Turczan made her first trip to Ukraine to try and understand her family history. Having just suffered the loss of her grandfather and learned of her parents’ dementia, Turczan set out with her 8×10 camera to find the place from which they came and the people they left behind. Her trip, in the summer of 1991, coincided with a coup in Moscow and Ukraine’s new independence. For months at a time and year after year, rediscovered family gave Turczan places to stay, fed her, and assisted her while she built an ongoing collection of portraits now published in a new book, From Where They Came.

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