After the end of the USSR, the new independent Ukraine had to urgently replace the passports of all its citizens as quickly as possible.
To accomplish this task in less than a year, the city of Luhansk in the south-east of Ukraine started hiring photographers who had to go and take the ID photos of people who were too poor to afford it and people, often elderly, who could not move. Alexander Chekmenev was one of these photographers, in addition to the photos of identity, he made clichés in the wider frame, which shows the interiors of housing with relatives who hold the white background behind the subject.
All these photos have been published in the Passport book .
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