Ira Lupu

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Ira Lupu is a photographer, visual artist, and curator born in Odesa, Ukraine, and currently based in NYC. She is a graduate of the International Center of Photography, and Viktor Marushchenko’s School of Photography (Kyiv). Her work has been exhibited across Europe and the U.S., including Christie’s London and Paris, Copenhagen Photo Festival, Rotterdam Art Week, Dallas Contemporary, and published in the New York TimesVogue Italia, and the British Journal of Photography, among others. A member of Diversify.Photo, she is represented on Artsy through IFAC Gallery, New York. In March 2022, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, she and ICP dean emeritus Fred Ritchin co-curated and launched “In Ukraine,” a fundraiser exhibition of Ukrainian photography and art. The show premiered at the Dobbin Mews gallery in Brooklyn, and as of July 2022, it has traveled to the Hague, Ljubljana, and Wembley Park in London.


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  • Rotterdam Art Week, May 2023
  • Copenhagen Photo Festival, June 2021
  • Wembley Park Art Trail, “As My Heart Yearns”, July 2022
  • Christie’s Paris, “Safeguarding The Irreplaceable”, July 2022
  • Villa Ockenburgh in the Hague, “In Ukraine: Coming Home”, June 2022
  • Christie’s London, “Safeguarding The Irreplaceable”, May 2022
  • International Center of Photography, “How the Light Gets In”, May 2022
  • Sune Jonsson Centrum för dokumentärfotografi, April 2022
  • Centro de Fotografía de Montevideo, March 2022
  • Bristol Photo Festival, September 2021
  • Verzasca Foto Festival, September 2021
  • Odesa Photo Days, April 2021
  • Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum, October 2020
  • Dallas Contemporary Museum,  “Mabel, Betty and Bett”, 2019
  • Ukrainian Photography Institute, 2019 
  • Mystetskyi Arsenal Gallery, UKRAINA STRONG, 2018 
  • The Finnish Museum of Photography, March 2022
  • PH MUSEUM x Bird in Flight Prize, December 2021
  • “Images For the Information Age”, curated by Willy Ndatira @ DER GREIF Guest Room, November 2021
  • “How the Light Gets In”, curated by David Campany @ the International Center of Photography, June-October 2020


  • Leader of “Uninstructing Photography” — “E/rruption”  workshop at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts / KASK Foto (Ghent, Belgium). Idea: Max Pinckers. Invited guest: Leigh Ledare. Co-leader: Ana Vallejo. 2022 
  • Print Sale “Art 4 Ukraine” (UK), 2022
  • Diversify.Photo, selected as a full member, 2021
  • Represented on via IFAC Gallery, NYC, 2021
  • PH Museum 2021 Curator’s Pick
  • CENTER Santa Fe, HurleyMedia Scholarship Award, 2021
  • Hopper Art Prize, finalist, 2021
  • PH Museum featured artist, 2021
  • Belfast Photo Festival, shortlisted, 2021
  • NOOR-Nikon Academy, selected participant, 2021
  • B&H Award recipient, EAW, 2020
  • Eddie Adams Workshop XXXIII, selected participant, 2020 
  • Tbilisi Photo Festival + Prince Claus Fund + MAPS grant. Mentor: Rena Effendi. 2020
  • SUSAN award for Ukrainian artists and students by Shevchenko Scientific Society New York and Razom Ukraine, 2020
  • Women Photograph Fund grant, 2020
  • Women Photograph Chapter Kyiv, selected as a member, 2020
  • Fotofestiwal Lodz and PARALLEL European Photo-based Platform, selected participant. Mentors: Anna-Kasia Rastenberger, Frederico Clavarino. Participation supported by Adam Mickiewicz Institute. 2018 
  • PRADA Inner Landscape contest, shortlisted, 2018
  • Fashion DNA New Media workshop by the British Council and Ukrainian Fashion Week. Mentor: Jon Emmony. 2017


International Center of Photography, New York, USA
2019 – 2020
New Media Narratives program. Recipient of the Director’s Fellowship.
Teaching assistant for Fred Ritchin (ICP dean emeritus) and Darin Mickey (chair of Creative Practices program)
Odesa National University named after Mechnikov, Odesa, Ukraine
2008 – 2013
BA in Social Communications: Journalism, Publishing, Editing
Viktor Marushchenko School of Photography, Kyiv, Ukraine
2007 and 2018
Course in Photography: General Studies and History 
Vera Kholodnaya Film School, Odesa, Ukraine
Certificate in Cinematography and Film Directing
  • Upcoming: Rotterdam Photo Festival, 2023
  • Magnum Photos: Seeing Ukraine with Ira Lupu, Alex Majoli, Susan Meiselas, Rafał Milach, NYPL Live, 2022
  • Conflict Imagery in the Digital Media Era. Panel discussion hosted by Tim Hetherington and Conflict Imagery Research Network (Imperial War Museum, London) at the Bronx Documentary Center, NYC. Panel participants: Ira Lupu, Sebastian Junger, Stephen Mayers, Lauren Welsh, Mike Kamber. 2022
  • International Center of Photography, guest artist at “Images and Ideas” class, 2021
  • Copenhagen Photo Festival, 2021
  • Center of Visual Education, Ukraine, 2020
  • Women Photograph, Chapter Kyiv, online, 2020


2020 and before
2022: Vogue Italia, Vogue Spain, The New York Times, Digifoto (the Netherlands), Vogue UK
2021: The New York Times, Vogue UA, AVAUNT Magazine (UK), Folha de S.Paulo, Brazil
2018: TISSUE (Germany)
2017: Dreck Magazine (UK)
2014: Vice UK, Vice USA, Vice Greece, Vice Poland, Vice Germany
2007-2013: DC Mag, Ukraine