Aleksandr Glyadyelov was born in Legnitz, Poland, in 1956, into the family of a Soviet Army officer. Since 1974, he has lived in Kiev. 

He studied optics at the Kiev Polytechnic Institute, graduated in 1980. Having studied photography independently since the mid 1980's, he began working as a professional freelance photojournalist in 1989. Glyadyelov has traveled frequently throughout the former Soviet Union working on projects in Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Kyrgyztan, Uzbekistan, Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Latvia, Poland, the Czech Republic, France, and the United States. He covered the armed conflicts in Moldova (where he was wounded), Nagornij Karabakh, and Chechnya.


Since 1996-1997, Glyadyelov has concentrated on long-term documentary photography projects: socially deprived children and the HIV / AIDS epidemic.

Since 1996 until now works in cooperation with the humanitarian organization Medecins Sans Frontieres. 
His photography has been used by international organizations such as MSF, WHO, Norwegian Refugee Council, UNAIDS, and UNICEF.



The Grand-Prix of Ukrpressphoto-97; Hasselblad Prize at the European Photography contest in Vevey (Switzerland) in 1998; Mother-Jones 2001 Medal of Excellence (USA); “Moving Walls 2002” OSI, NYC.


"Here and Now", Blank-Press, Kiev, 2001
"Pandemic: Facing AIDS",  Umbrage Editions, NYC, USA,  2003
"Interview With Hope", Blank-Press, Kiev, 2006
Documentary on Aleksandr Glyadyelov
Derriere la page series: Enfants des rues d’Ukraine, Coup d’oeil/Arte, Metropolis, 7min, Paris, 2000

Personal Exhibitions

Somalia: forgotten humanitarian crisis. Lokarno film festival. Geneva University, Switzerland.
Lopukhovo = Brustury. Camera Gallery, Kyiv.
Mama Africa. Dim Mykoly Gallery, Kyiv

Open doors. Zakarpatskiy region museum show-room, Uzhgorod, Ukraine.
Don’t Look Away. A-house gallery, Kyiv.

Yes, Ukraine! Mystets Gallery, Kyiv.
A man and a prison. Palfyho Palace, Bratislava, Slovakia.
Spare people. Drugs and AIDS. Prisoners. Stara Galeria ZPAF, King's Castle, Warsaw, Poland.

Drugs, AIDS and Life. Prospecto Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Without the Mask. Dim Mykoly Gallery, Kyiv.
Spare people. Vilnius photo-gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania.

In Search of the Lost. Red Cross Museum, Geneva, Switzerland.  
Without Motherland. Izvestiya newspaper oval hall, Moscow, Russia.
In Search of the Lost. Ukrainskiy Dim exhibition complex, Kyiv.
Vilshany (children and psychiatry). Uzhgorod National University, Uzhgorod, Ukraine.
The Road. Ra Gallery, Kyiv.
AIDS in Ukraine. UN meeting room, New-York, USA.
Without the Mask. The Arts Museum, Kemerovo, Russia.
Spare people. Zamek, Pf gallery, Poznan, Poland.
Here and Now. The Artists Central House, Kyiv.
Spare people. Samford University, Birmingem, Alabama, USA.
Spare people exhibition had been shown in 10 Ukrainian regional centers.

Spare people. Ukrainskiy Dim exhibition complex, Kyiv.

Group exhibitions

"Moving walls: a documentary photography exhibition", organized by Open Society Institute (OSI), Al Riwaq Art Gallery, Bahrain.  
Yes! Ukrainian Institute, New-York, USA.
Don't Look Away. UIMA, Chicago, USA.

Chernobyl. DOCUMENTA festival, Regensburg, Germany.
Youth Enduring: A Will To Survive. The Fifty Crows Gallery, San-Francisco, USA.
Invasio. The Artists Central House, Kyiv.
Refugees. Gallerian, Stockholm, Sweden.
PANDEMIK: facing AIDS. Contemporary Art Museum (MACBA), Barcelona, Spain.
Moving walls 2002. Open Society Institute (OSI), New-York, USA.
Positive Lives. Contemporary Art Center, Kyiv.
The winners of "Mother Jones Grant 2001" Contest, International Fund of Documentary Photography, Friends of photography house. San-Francisco, USA.
Contemporary Art Exhibition. The Artists Central House, Kyiv.

Ten years after. Prazsky Grad, Prague, Czechia.

Contemporary Ukrainian Photography. Slovakia, Bratislava.