boris mikhailov was born in kharkov, ukraine, in the former soviet union in 1938. since the late 1960s, boris mikhailov has photographed his home city of kharkov in the ukraine, often through bleak and uncompromising street images that centre on the most vulnerable in society such as the old, the disabled and the homeless. however, mikhailov's practice goes beyond conventional documentary photography, with the photographs being hand-painted or arranged into complex installations. his works are not simply a document of a time or place, but a sophisticated, subjective re-framing of the effects of social and political conditions. recent solo exhibitions include: boris mikhailov, fotomuseum winterthur (2003); the insulted and the injured, pace/macgill gallery, new york; boris mikhailov: case history & heiner müller projekt, haus der kulturen der welt, berlin and bildmuseet, umea (2002); and boris mikhailov, saatchi gallery, london (2000). his work is included in the collections of the metropolitan museum of art, moma, new york, sfmoma, san francisco, and tate modern, london. he was the recipient of the 2000 hasselblad foundation international award and citibank 2001 photography prize. he lives and works in berlin and kharkov.