Ira Lupu is a photographer, writer, and multimedia artist born in Odesa, Ukraine. She is a graduate of the New Media Narratives program at the International Center of Photography, New York.
Ira’s work explores the intersection of documentary and metaphorical space, and spans projects on the youth of Kazakhstan, Donbas war veterans who committed suicide, and avant-garde artists of North America. An important part of her work is centered around global women’s issues, including “Model at Home”, a long-term photo project on a fashion model living in a town with the highest crime rates in Ukraine, and “On Dreams and Screens”, an extensive transmedia project on webcam models and the psychological aspects of online sex work in Ukraine and the US.
Ira has photographed, written, and tailored projects for media outlets worldwide, including Vogue, Dazed, Vice, InStyle, DIS, Calvert Journal, Folha de S.Paulo, and museums like Dallas Contemporary. She is a participant of Eddie Adams XXXIII, Fotofestiwal Łódź workshop, and part of Women Photograph Chapter Kyiv. She has received grants and awards from Women Photograph, Tbilisi Photo Festival, Prince Claus Fund, Shevchenko Scientific Society, and Prada Journal, among others.