Brendan Hoffman (b. Albany, NY, 1980) is a documentary photographer based in Kiev, Ukraine, where his work reflects his interest in the ways economic and political structures shape modern society and the weight of history on everyday life. He divides his time between assignments and personal work. His current focus is on the countries of the former Soviet Union, with a particular emphasis on Ukraine and the country’s war with Russian-backed rebels. Previous work includes the book-length project The Beating of the Heart, an exploration of contemporary middle class America in the context of free trade, the decline of blue collar jobs, and economic polarization through the lens of a small town in Iowa; as well as a long-term, ongoing focus on Haiti.
Brendan's work is published in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, Newsweek, Getty Images, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and many others. From 2007 to 2013, he was based in Washington, DC, where he covered Capitol Hill, the White House, and political campaigns. Brendan has received awards for his photography from Pictures of the Year International, American Photography 29, the White House News Photographers Association, and other organizations. He has worked in a variety of countries for both editorial and NGO clients, and is a co-founder of the photography collective Prime.