Celebrated photojournalist Larry Towell on photographing the revolution in Kyiv

Photojournalist Larry Towell has spent decades taking powerful images of war zones. He's just back from Kyiv with photos and some powerful stories of Ukraine in crisis. © Larry Towell/Magnum


Photographer Larry Towell decided he needed to see Kyiv for himself. But Larry Towell wasn't looking for news, he was looking for people struggling for identity. One of Canada's foremost photojournalists just back from Kyiv and shares his thoughts on the humanity he captures through the lens.

"I'm looking for images that tell a story obviously and things that suggest sometimes what's going on outside of the frame, not necessarily what is in the frame, as poetry does with language."

Photojournalist Larry Towell

For decades, Larry Towell has taken incredible and heartbreaking photos. From conflict zones in El Salvador to Rwanda -- but also from his back porch in rural Ontario. His work has resulted in thirteen books, hundreds of journal publications and exhibitions around the world. His new book about Afghanistan where he's been taking pictures since 2008, will be published by Aperture this fall.

And he's the first Canadian photographer to be associated with Magnum, the prestigious photo agency founded by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa in 1947.

Larry Towell is also a poet and musician. He is just back from Kyiv and joined us from London, Ontario.

Photos by Larry Towell from Kyiv's Independence Square


© Larry Towell/Magnum


© Larry Towell/Magnum


© Larry Towell/Magnum

For more photos by Larry Towell from Kyiv, here is a photogallery:


This segment was produced by The Current's Kristin Nelson.

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