Veterans is a series of portraits of people who took part in the Second World War – the one event in human history that could not – and still cannot- be compared with any other event on the scale of catastrophe, human tragedy, and the degree of impact on the future of our civilization. Every single person who participated in the war, whether they were a soldier or a general, prisoner or a guard, medical worker or an engineer, took part in shaping the image of the world as it is seen and perceived today.
This project aims to look behind the emotional drape of each individual photographed. After 70 years after the war that took millions of lives, the photographer strives to analyze and compare the lives of those who survived and are still living. For this project, the photographer travelled to multiple countries that were affected by the war the most, interviewed and took portraits of those who took part in it, with a goal to assemble a mosaic of people who at one moment were all engaged in this incredible tragedy, and in the other were living their separate lives in different corners of our planet.
Sasha Maslov (1984) is a Ukrainian photographer who lives and works in New York City. Sasha started to work on the Veterans project in September 2010, while in Moscow during an exhibition of his work, he decided to take the first step and found a local veteran in Odintsovo, a small suburban village near the city. After taking the first portrait and interviewing the first subject he set himself on a long journey throughout more than 20 countries on 3 continents.