Piatkovka Roman

Representative of Kharkiv School of Photography.

Roman was born in Kharkiv, in 1955.

Between 1972 and 1977 he studied at Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute, Electric Power Engineering faculty. From 1978 to 1981 Roman was a participant of Higher Courses of Theatre Production Art for Lighting Designers at I. K. Karpenko-Karyi Theatre Arts Institute.

Simultaneously with it, he worked for five years (1979 – 1984) as a Head Lighting Designer at the Theatre for Children (Kharkiv). 

In the early 1980s, Roman became keen on photography and as he was forming as a professional he was communicating with Borys Mykhailov, Yevhen Pavlov and Oleh Maliovanyi.

As the follower of Kharkiv School of Photograpy Roman took up conceptual photography using in his works its main principle – the “blow theory”. He devoted attention not only to aesthetics of the image but also the completeness of the author’s expression.

In the focus of the photographer’s attention is the theme of space and corporality as markers of the social state. 

In 2013, Roman Piatkovka received the top award in the Conceptual Photography category for the series of Soviet photos (2013) at the Sony World Photography Awards (London).

Roman teaches at V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Media and Communcation department.

At present, he’s one of the key personalities of Kharkiv School of Photography.

Roman lives and works in Kharkiv.


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Roman Piatkovka (Kharkiv) answers Halyna Hleba's (Uzhhorod-Kyiv) questions.