Ukraine's Mountain People - Hutsuls
The Hutsuls are an ethnic community in Ukraine, whose remote mountainous territory straddles across today's border with Romania in the Carpathian mountains, the areas of Bukovina and Maramuresh.
Of all Ukrainians, they've been perhaps the least exposed to Moscow's influence – be it political or cultural. As a matter of fact, the Hutsuls lived under the Hapsburgs, then from 1919 their lands were part of the Czechoslovak Republic till WWII.
The Ukrainian photographer Oleksandr Klymenko has documented for years the lives of the Hutsuls – here is a selection of his work with them between 2007-2012.
Photography: © Oleksandr Klymenko