B&W Documentary Photography – What Happened To Chernobyl?

Chernobyl 2013

This documentary photography was submitted to Edge of Humanity Magazine by Photographer Joanna Borowiec.

 

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From project “Ghost Town – Czarnobyl” by Joanna Borowiec.

 

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

 

On 26 April 1986, reactor no 4 of the Chernobyl power plant overheated, triggering a hydrogen explosion, fire and radioactive contamination.
This was the biggest nuclear accident in history and one of the biggest industrial disasters of the 20th century.
In just eight hours, Pripyat which was most exposed to hazards of radiation was evacuated and turned into a ghost town.

 

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

 

No one lives in Pripyat anymore. Radiation level is so high that it prevents people from leading normal lives.
Evacuation of the contaminated zone – the so-called zona -began the day after the disaster struck. The exclusion zone spans 30 km and 2,500 square kilometres. Initially, people were evacuated from three towns most exposed to the highest radiation level: Pripyat, Yanov and Kopachi.
Families were relocated to cities across the USSR or to Slavutych – a replacement town located 60 km eastbound from the exclusion zone.

 

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

Chernobyl 2013

 

Photos were taken in 2013, twenty seven years after the disaster.

 

See also:

Portraits

Unfinished Dreams

By Joanna Borowiec

 


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