"All in all it's worth it – even for the little victories – standing by as a witness to the dark rumblings of history" – Urthboy
Self-taught documentary photographer and writer Samuel Eder is devoted to capturing ordinary people caught up in extraordinary situations. Inspired by communities tempered by hardship, and hostility, Samuel's work explores a dark, more passionate, and sincere side of human nature.
For his series The Face Of Donbas (2019/2020) he spent several months photographing life on the frontlines of Ukraine's civil war. Visiting both sides of the conflict, he was embedded with troops and worked closely with local aid groups – photographing the perpetrators, victims, and bystanders of this bloody identity crisis.
Samuel has continued to work in the Ukraine conflict zone, and other post-soviet spaces, writing for The Guardian, ABC News, The Wire, and Radio Free Europe. Today the Austrian / Australian is working as a paramedic in Vienna.