Two years ago I had the amazing opportunity to go literally to the end of the earth to photograph people who never had their photo taken.
At schools, churches, homes and hospitals I could give people a moment to forget their troubles and just smile for the camera. But while shooting with nomadic reindeer herding families it was me who was most deeply touched by the experience. For although my hosts had few material possessions they shared with me something rare in the world – a sense of peace and satisfaction with life.
This March we are going back on a new journey across Chukotka. We are going to travel over 1000 miles and reach out to the most unreached places in Chukotka. We will visit people who have never had visitors in their life, stopping by every village and tribe on the way, giving them warm clothes, shoes, gifts, and simply showing them grace and love. The very exciting part of the trip will be taking pictures of the natives, printing them on the spot, and handing them to the villagers. This will be the very first time that these people had ever had their photo taken.As we travel, our video crew will be documenting the lives of the locals who live in the harmony with nature. We want to hear about their lives, struggles, resilience and where they see themselves in this rapidly changing world. Our documentary film about this journey, will bring the voices of this land to people all around the globe. We hope to engage humanity’s deep rooted fascination with nature and desire to understand humanity. Perhaps by getting a glimpse of this nomadic way of life we will reflect on this modern world and what in our lives is truly important.
A large part of the project is sponsored by us, but unfortunately we can’t pay for all of it ourselves. That is why we need your HELP. Your money will buy clothes & gifts for the natives and help with the travel.

Help-Portrait. End of the Earth from Sasha on Vimeo.

Chukotka: A story from the End of the Earth. from Uforia formerly Shiksa Studio on Vimeo.

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Previous project: https://sashaleahovcenco.com/help-portrait-end-of-the-earth/
Project team:
A guy with a crazy idea – Sasha L.
Cinematographers – Alex&Diana Shik.
Director of photography – Alex Shik
Transportation manager – Sly Grinko.
Writer – Daniel Usenko and Phil Koo

Current sponsors and support:
Gear: LensProToGo
Medical: Remote Medical
Photo bags: ThinkTank Photo
Design Agency: Flosites

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March 5, 2013
You just lived one of my dreams...amazing, inspiring and when can I come with!
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November 20, 2013
amazing experience
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[...] once in 2011 and once earlier this very year, photographer Sasha Leahovcenco packed his bags and travelled to the ends of the Earth to bring photography to those who have never [...]
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Rolando Cervantes
November 20, 2013
Just Beautiful. Thank you!
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November 20, 2013
The world needs actions like that. An amazing trip to do an amazing work. Awesome! The pics are just perfect! Congratulations for all involved.
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[...] puta, jednom 2011, i jednom ove godine, fotograf Sasha Leahovcenco je otputovao na kraj Zemlje da bi fotografisao ljude kojima se to nikada u životu nije dogodilo. [...]
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[...] Read more about Leahovcenko’s adventures and view more of his stunning photographs of the nomadic reindeer-heading families on his website. [...]
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[...] Sasha Leahovcenco, gives an in depth look into his travels to those who have never had their photo taken, “from the end of the Earth” – [...]
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[...] CHUKOTKA: A STORY FROM THE END OF THE EARTH. via PetaPixel [...]
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Andy Hayes
November 25, 2013
How about some technical info? Film or (most likely) digital? F-stop, shutter speed, white balance or filters?
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[...] Gazing at the faces, I see the purest of humans living a kind of life very different from my own. It gives me more idea on how the world is too vast. On the other hand, it teaches me the value of simple living and introspection. You can get to know more about his photo project about the Siberian tribe here and here. [...]
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[...] Photographer Sasha Leahovcenco traveled to the Chukotka region of Siberia in 2011 and 2013 to bring photography to people there who’ve never had their photos made of them. He brought with him gifts, clothes and shoes for people along the way; and in photographing people he’d met along the way, he’d make copies of the photographs on site, and hand them over to the people who’d never owned a photo of themselves before. Google Maps shows that “Chukotka” is at the very northeast corner of Russia, adjacent to Bering Strait and just across the water from Alaska. Leahovcenco’s photographs appear on his website. [...]
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[...] temperatures of -45f to visit a place that is literally located at the end of the earth, Sasha Leahovcenco photographed people who have never had their picture taken [...]
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Jerry Jaramillo
December 20, 2013
FANTASTIC, Mahalo ke Akua. Aloha.
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Dave Abreu
December 20, 2013
Awesome photo op...Once or twice in a lifetime expedition..
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sheryl
December 20, 2013
Maybe just leave them alone. You had a chance to do something for people who will never pay you back? They're giving you your career. Maybe it is not so good for them to have pictures of themselves. How are you changing their way of life, how they perceive themselves. They are not a frontier or something to be claimed.
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[...] temperaturas de -42 graus Celsius em um lugar que fica no fim do mundo, Sasha Leahovcenco fotografou pessoas que nunca haviam tido uma foto sua tirada: uma pequena tribo de nômades da [...]
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[...] veces ya, una en 2011 y otra este pasado año 2013, el fotógrafo Sasha Leahovcenco cogió sus maletas y viajó hasta los confines de la tierra para hacerles fotos a aquellos que [...]
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February 8, 2014
Wow this is such an amazing adventure and experience. I wish I was there too ;) Stunning work
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[…] fotógrafo Moldavo Sasha Leahovcenko viajou duas vezes ao que se chama “o fim da Terra”, de outro modo conhecido como Chukotka na […]
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