Brendan Hoffman

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Brendan Hoffman (b. 1980, Albany, NY, USA) is a documentary photographer based in Kiev, Ukraine, where his work reflects his interest in themes of nationalism, identity, history, and politics. His recent focus has been on Ukraine and the war in the country’s east, which he has covered for The New York Times, Newsweek, Getty Images, and others. Before that he documented the 2013-14 Maidan protests in Kiev. His book-length project “The Beating of the Heart” is an exploration of contemporary middle class America in the context of free trade, the decline of blue-collar jobs, and economic and political polarization through the lens of a small town in Iowa. From 2007 to 2013, he was based in Washington, DC, and frequently worked on Capitol Hill and at the White House. Brendan’s work has been recognized by Sony, the Alexia Foundation, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Pictures of the Year International, American Photography 29, the White House News Photographers Association, and other organizations. He has worked in a variety of countries for both editorial and NGO clients, and is a co-founder of Prime.


2017 Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Artist Residency, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
2017 South Asian Journalists Association, Reporting Fellow
2017 TheDocumentaryProjectFund, Established Artist Grant Winner
2016 Alexia Foundation, Professional Grant Finalist
2016 Sony World Photography Awards, Professional Shortlist, Current Affairs
2015 Magenta Foundation, Flash Forward 2015 winner
2015 Kathryn Davis Fellow, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont
2015 National Press Photographers Association, Short Grant Winner
2015 NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Honorable Mention, International News Photo
2015 Getty Images European Editorial Awards, 1st Place, Photo Essay of the Year
2015 Getty Images European Editorial Awards, 1st & 2nd Place, News Picture of the Year
2014 Huck Magazine, Documentary Photography Special II, Featured Photographer
2014 Photolucida Critical Mass Finalist
2014 White House News Photographers Association, 1st Place International News Single
2014 White House News Photographers Association, 3rd Place International News Picture Story
2013 Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, grant recipient
2013 Nominated for PDN 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch
2013 Review Santa Fe, selected participant
2013 Pictures of the Year International, Award of Excellence, Campaign 2012
2013 American Photography 29, Chosen for The Archive
2013 New York Portfolio Review, selected participant
2013 White House News Photographers Association, Feature Story Award of Excellence
2011 White House News Photographers Association, 2nd Place Feature Story
2011 White House News Photographers Association, Award of Excellence
2011 Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma (with Boston Globe)
2009 Eddie Adams Workshop
2008 David Alan Harvey Emerging Photographers Fund grant finalist


2017 “Uncertainty” Outdoor exhibition commissioned by ICRC, Slovyansk and Kramatorsk, Ukraine (solo)
2016 “Uncertainty” Outdoor exhibition commissioned by ICRC, Kyiv and Severodonetsk, Ukraine (solo)
2016 “The Beating of the Heart” America House, Kyiv, Ukraine (solo)
2015 “Brotherland: War in Ukraine” Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia (projection)
2015 “#FutureofCities” Somerset House, London, UK
2015 “Year in Focus” Getty Images Gallery, London, UK
2015 “WHNPA Eyes of History” Pepco Edison Place Gallery, Washington, DC (group, juried exhibition)
2014 “Euromaidan” Zoom Photo Festival, Saguenay, Quebec, Canada (solo)
2014 “Euromaidan” Singapore International Photography Festival, Singapore (solo)
2014 “Of Midwest, By Midwest” Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, Wisconsin, USA (group, curated by Wally Mason, director, Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University)
2014 “The Everyday Projects” Photoville, New York, NY (group)
2014 “Appetite: The Culture of Food” Air Circulation, Brooklyn, NY, USA (group)
2014 “Euromaidan: The True Story” Checkpoint Charlie Museum, Berlin, Germany (group)
2014 “Shift” Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff, Wales (group)
2014 “Home” Islander Art Gallery, Oso Bay Biennial XVIII, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA (group)
2014 “Euromaidan: The True Story” 8 Bit Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine (group)
2012 “Liberty & Justice (For All)” VII Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA (group)
2012 “Liberty & Justice (For All)” Fovea Exhibitions, Beacon, NY, USA (group)
2011 “Prime Show” Random Row Books, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA (group, curated by Whitney Johnson, Director of Photography, The New Yorker)
2011 “WHNPA Eyes of History” Pepco Edison Place Gallery, Washington, DC, USA (group, juried exhibition)
2006 “HeART of DC” John A. Wilson Building, City Hall Art Collection, Washington, DC, USA (group, catalog)


2017 Artist lecture, .RAW Book Launch, Kyiv, Ukraine
2017 Artist lecture, “Great Old Days,” Directed Actions: Live Film Series, Washington, DC
2016 Panelist, “The Power of Words: Media Responsibilities and Challenges” hosted by VoxUkraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
2015 Featured artist lecture, Boreal Bash III, Toronto, Canada
2014 Featured artist lecture, Uglich Photo Festival, Uglich, Russia
2014 “Urban Legacies, Rural Traditions,” DC Environmental Film Festival, Washington, DC
2014 Oso Bay Biennial XVIII documentary photography workshop with Prime Collective, Corpus Christi, TX
2012 Guest lecturer, George Washington University, Washington, DC
2012 Guest lecturer, Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC
2011 “Flickr’d, Tumbl’d, Blogged and Broadcast: The (Ongoing) Creation and Reception of Presidential Imagery,” Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, St. Louis, MO
2011 Guest lecturer, Rochester Institute of Technology photojournalism program, Washington, DC

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