Joseph Sywenkyj (b. 1978) is an American photographer specializing in reportage, portraiture, breaking news and travel photography. He moved to Ukraine in 2003 after being awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and has traveled extensively throughout the region and beyond. He is currently the recipient of a 2014-2015 Fullbright Scholar Award, and the recipient of the 2014 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography.
Joseph’s photographs have appeared in various publications such as The New York Times, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Conde Nast Portfolio, GQ, Time, Newsweek, The New Yorker and many others.
In 2002 Joseph attended the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass, and that same year he received a Visual Arts Foundation Grant. Photo District News named Joseph one of the 30 Emerging Photographers to watch in 2003. He was twice a finalist for the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography in 2009 and 2011 and was also a finalist for a 2010 Hasselblad Masters Award. Kodak Professional has sponsored the creation of his work in Ukraine as well as in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Additionally, Joseph won a 2012 Camera Club of New York Darkroom Residency.
Joseph’s photographs have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums including the George Eastman House, Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland; Les Rencontres d’Arles in Arles, France; The Richard B. Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC and the United Nations Visitor’s Lobby in New York City.
Joseph graduated with honors from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2002 with a BFA in photography.