Lost Territories is project about former soviet republics by Sputnik Photos

Lost Territories

Over the course of the past eight years (2008–16), members of the international, Poland-based Sputnik Photos collective have set out to separately survey the physical, political, and sociocultural terrain of a post-Soviet region in which timelines don’t always agree to unfold chronologically and a spectral Empire, a quarter century after its fragmentation, refuses to be consigned to the dustbin of memory. mapa In the process, the collective’s journeying photographers have amassed an archive comprising several thousand photographs geographically and thematically spanning the breadth of the former Soviet Union. The basis for exhibitions, monographic photobooks, and site-specific installations, these images have now been gathered together under Sputnik’s overarching Lost Territories Archive { LTA } project.


Born in 1979, is a documentary photographer based in Warsaw, Poland. In his work he often focuses on rural regions of Europe. Jan graduated from the Faculty of Photography at the National Film School in Lodz. In 2014 he has published his first book “Boiko” on rural life in Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains followed by “The Gardener” book, published by Dewi Lewis.


Andrei Liankevich, photographer, lecturer and art manager, based in Minsk (Belarus). In 2004-2005, he studied at the Caucasus Media Institute in Yerevan. Andrei teaches a photography course at the European Humanities University in Vilnius (Lithuania). He has presented his photographic work at more than 60 exhibitions in Europe, Asia and the USA.


Michal Łuczak works in Warsaw, lives in Katowice, and often draws on his Silesian roots. In photography, he concentrates on close-by, intimate and often seemingly trivial stories. He is a graduate in photography from the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava (Czech Republic) and in Iberian Studies from the University of Silesia (Poland).


Rafal Milach (1978) photographer, book artist and curator based in Warsaw, Poland. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice (PL) and the Institute for Creative Photography at the Silesian University in Opava, (CZ) where he currently lectures. Rafał has published several monographs such as “The Winners” (GOST 2014), In the Car with R (Czytelnia Sztuki 2012) and 7 Rooms (Kehrer 2011)


Adam Pańczuk (1978) lives in Warsaw. In his work, he travels to wherever he can find an interesting subject. He attended the Warsaw School of Economics and studied photography at the Multimedia Communication Department, Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan. In his projects, Pańczuk seems to be asking both direct and metaphorical questions about identity, consciousness and the attitude towards life of the people he meets along the way. His unique ability to tell gripping, yet intimate stories with images has to date won him many prestigious awards.


Agnieszka Rayss freelance photojournalist based in Warsaw, Poland. She received her Master’s degree in Art History from the Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland). She then switched to photography. Her interests include post-communist societies in their attempt to follow Western models, pop cultural aspects of the transformation, female and gender issues.


Andrej Balco is based in Bratislava, Slovakia. He received his Master’s degree in photography from the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava, (Czech Republic). His work has been exhibited at the Prague House of Photography, the Leica Gallery (Prague), the Festival of Photography in Lodz (Poland), as well as in England, Australia, the Netherlands, Finland, Brazil and Japan. Andrej is the winner of a PhotoDocument.sk grant and a fellow of the IPRN Changing Faces international programme.


Pawel Szypulski

Curator, visual researcher and artist interested in a wide variety of archival materials. Regularly cooperates with the Krakow Photomonth festival. Anthropologist by education, specialized in the analysis of visual and written personal testimonies. Author of the book "Greetings from Auschwitz”.

    Ania Nałęcka-Milach

    Book designer (alias Tapir Book Design), collaborating with Sputnik Photos.

      Marta Szymańska

      Vice-president in Archeology of Photography Foundation – organization involved in the protection of archives of Polish photographers. Since 2005, she has been working for Fotofestiwal – International Festival of Photography in Lodz, becoming it’s Program Director for years 2010-2014. An author of a portal for photographers www.phototogo.pl which collects current information about the most important international cultural events. Works with Sputnik Photos collective.

        Marzena Michałek-Dąbrowska

        Sputnik Photos project coordinator. She has graduated from University of Warsaw at the department of Cultural Studies and cultural animation. She is involved in various cultural events and educational programs for children and adults.

          Magdalena Gorlas

          Specializes in promotion of projects and cultural institutions, among others, Fotografia Kolekcjonerska Project, Foundation of Archeology of Photography and the Photo Festival – International Photography Festival in Lodz. She's been cooperating with the Sputnik Photos collective for many years. Also, she's freelance journalist. So far published, among others, in the "Chicago Tribune", "Polityka" and "Wysokie Obcasy"

            Vojtech Veskrna

            Photographer and video artist based in Warsaw, Poland. He graduated from Film and Tv School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic. For more than 7 years he is working on topics related to technology, his dreams and future.