Graduation At Chernigiv School
Courtesy: Daria Kaleniuk Twitter

Graduation At Chernigiv School: Images That Raise Several Questions

June 16, 2022

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused much damage, especially to the lives of the Ukrainians.

Recently, a photographer named Stanislav Senyk took photographs of high school graduates in the ruins of their school building in Ukrain's Chernihiv city.

These photographs capture the aftermath of war and conflict and shed light on how civilians are worst affected.

Director of Ukraine's Anti-Corruption Centre, Daria Kaleniuk, tweeted one such picture, saying, “Graduation at Chernigiv school”.

The 25-year-old photographer talked about his project to the media and said, “And I’m sure it was very important to capture that in the memory.”

He also explained how it was a “very important story” about 40 graduating school seniors.

Art never fails to surprise the world. It crosses boundaries and imaginations and even speaks of what needs to be said.

A picture speaks a thousand words.

Photography has always been one of those arts that can convey a great deal without saying a word.

And during a time of crisis and conflict, photography becomes even more crucial as it captures the most intriguing, spine-chilling and thought-provoking moments.

History is full of such strong and moving images.

Two images from the past- Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother clicked during the Great Depression in 1929, and  Robert Capa's Falling Soldier captured during the Spanish Civil War in 1936 - caught the world’s attention and spoke a lot about the horrors that crisis situations bring about.

And in recent times, the photograph of a Syrian boy sitting in an ambulance after being pulled out of the ruins and the series of pictures from Afghanistan after the Taliban captured it are a few examples of war or conflict photography.

Irrespective of how gruesome these images are, they always have the power to move the people’s conscience.

Graduation At Chernigiv School is certainly not the last image depicting the horrors of war.

The images pose several questions that the warmonger cannot answer.

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