Julie Poly

Photographer. Real name — Yulia Polyashchenko


Kosmolot — 2015-2019
Deck of poker playing cards. Printed on the cards are the studio photographs, images from the artist’s archive, or screen grabs of private messages. The final version contains 54 cards. There is also a digital version for Windows. The deck was presented at the Kosmolot slot machine club chain.

Ukrzaliznytsia — 2017-2019
This major project consists of documentary and staged pictures, all of them being connected with a somewhat campy Ukrainian culture of train trips. During the exhibition of a project, Ukrzaliznytsia got integrated into its original environment — the building (halls and entrances in particular) of the Kyiv Southern Railway Station. The project will soon be published by Ditto Press (UK).

Ukrainian Beauty — 2018
Series of the three mini projects shot for Dazed Beauty, an experimental beauty web community established by Dazed & Confused magazine (UK). Each project muses on the particular visual codes of Ukrainian beauty ( artificial hair, wedding styles), and everyday reality of the local beauty industry (beauty salons, wig rentals). The mockumentary series got executed in a digital, somewhat raw way.

Kids — 2016
Balancing on the verge of art and fashion photography, this project is dedicated to coming of age in the Post-Soviet environment. The project was created together with fashion designer and stylist Anton Berlinskiy for Vogue UA.

My precious— 2019
Work for Central Department Store. Symbol of wealth, high status — and family "treasure", stable capital investment for unstable times. Such associations cause gold teeth in those who found the 90th years in Ukraine. The sculpture of Julie Poly is a comment on love of the person to decoration of itself, from the other side — a monument to gold teeth, quite reliable source of confidence in tomorrow.


Fashion-photographer — freelance

2012 - Today

A firm success in fashion helped Julie Poly to start her own art practice. Years of fashion photography practice include such stages:
  • 2018 - pictures from Kids series get into the book celebrating Vogue Ukraine 5 year anniversary.
  • From 2016 - works get published by key international media outlets (vogue.com, Dazed magazine, printed i-D, Jalouse, Alei Journal and others)
  • 2016 - starts working with Vogue UA (shots special art and fashion projects - Erotica, Kids)
  • З 2015 - starts working with major commercial clients in Ukraine (Sanahunt, Icon, Symbol shops etc.), and leading local designers (Elena Reva, Poustovit, Flow the Label etc.)
  • 2015 - commercial projects іn Barcelona
  • 2014 - commercial projects in Munich, worked for Apple Models
  • 2013 - starts working for l’Officiel Ukraine (made 6 covers)
  • 2013 - works at the New York Fashion Week
  • 2012 - works for Elite and IMG agencies in Milan


Contemporary Art School, Kyiv
Curators of the course: Lada Nakonechna and Kateryna Viter. Attendance of the school resulted in a more conscious approach to the part practice.

Ukrainian State Academy of Railway Transport, Kharkiv
2003 - 2008
Higher education and her own experience of working as a train attendant inspired Julie to start her major Ukrzaliznytsia project.

Kharkiv School of Photography, Kharkiv
Studied at the photo school that is connected with a world-know art movement, also called Kharkiv School of Photography. Works of Boris Mihkailov, a famous Ukrainian photographer who spearheaded the Kharkiv School, had a major influence on Julie’s artistic formation.

Kyiv, Ukraine


Uglification (group show, 2019)

Kosmolot (personal, 2019)

Ukrzaliznytsia (personal, 2018)

5 years of Vogue UA (group, 2018)

Kyiv Photo Week (group, 2018)

We Will Not See Each Other Today (group, 2015)

No1 (personal, 2013)

Zero Budget (group, 2011)

Honest Female Portrait (group, 2011)

Idol (group, 2011)

Rails (group, 2010)

My precious (work for Central Department Store, 2019)


Playboy Photo Awards, winner (2009)

Unseen Amsterdam Future Emerging Talents winner (2019)


2016 - charity project in the orphanage, Belgorod-Dnestrovsky. Executed together with Anton Belinskiy.