Ira Lupu is a photographer, writer, and multimedia artist born in Odesa, Ukraine. As a recipient of the Director’s Fellowship, she graduated from the New Media Narratives program at the International Center of Photography, New York.
Ira’s work explores the intersection of documentary and metaphorical space. 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 female webcam models and the psychological aspects of online sex work in Ukraine and the US. She did numerous projects on underrepresented Eastern European communities, including the youth of Kazakhstan and Russia who protest their authoritarian governments, Donbas war veterans who committed suicide, the Ukrainian LGBTQ community.
Ira has photographed, written, and tailored projects for media outlets worldwide, including Vogue Italy, i-D, Dazed, Vice (US, UK, Germany), InStyle, DIS, Calvert Journal, Folha de S.Paulo, and institutions like Dallas Contemporary and Tbilisi Photography and Multimedia Museum. She is a participant of Eddie Adams XXXIII, Fotofestiwal Łódź workshop, and part of Women Photograph Chapter Kyiv. She has been recently included in Diversify.Photo’s “Up Next” list. She received grants and awards from Women Photograph, Tbilisi Photo Festival, Prince Claus Fund, Shevchenko Scientific Society, and Prada Journal, among others. In 2021, her project “On Dreams and Screens” will debut at Rotterdam Photo Festival.