Canadian Photographer Shows Life In The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Today

Canadian Photographer Shows Life In The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Today

This photo project illustrates real life in the Chernobyl exclusion zone three decades after the catastrophe of 1986 that made over 300 000 people evacuate. But some refused to leave and stayed. A Canadian photographer Robyn Von Swank paid a visit to them to take pictures of their daily life. When she was roaming about one of the abandoned villages, she notices traces behind her and a pack of wolves following her… Continue reading »

French Photographer Visited Chernobyl, And The Captivating Photos Show Just How Suddenly Time Stopped In Its Tracks After The Disaster

French Photographer Visited Chernobyl, And The Captivating Photos Show Just How Suddenly Time Stopped In Its Tracks After The Disaster

According to Romain Veillon: “Here are the photographs I had taken during my trip to Chernobyl. For the people who don’t know the history or didn’t see the HBO show, the Chernobyl disaster was a nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the No. 4 nuclear reactor in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, near the city of Pripyat in the north of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.” Continue reading »

Hundreds Of Dogs And Puppies Live In Chernobyl—And You Can Adopt One

Hundreds Of Dogs And Puppies Live In Chernobyl—And You Can Adopt One

In 1986, tragedy struck the Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine when the Unit 4 reactor failed, spewing nuclear waste and radiation throughout the nearby city of Pripyat. The Soviet Union evacuated 120,000 people and established what is now known as the Exclusion Zone, covering 1,000 square miles. Those forced out of their homes had to leave behind their pets. And like first responders to the disaster, these dogs and other animals were subject to radiation. Continue reading »

After Watching Chernobyl, Couple Decided To Design Their Apartment In Soviet Style And Listed It In On Airbnb

After Watching Chernobyl, Couple Decided To Design Their Apartment In Soviet Style And Listed It In On Airbnb

According to Rasa Jusionyte: “There’s a famous line in HBO’s Chernobyl: “Comrades, we are so focused on our search for truth we fail to consider how few actually want us to find it”. And the truth is that “Chernobyl” was filmed in Vilnius. This apartment is located in the heart of the neighborhood that acted as Pripyat. Not only the location is unique but the apartment itself is an ode to Soviet life – from the plates you eat from to the bedding you sleep in, it’s as authentic and unique as it was back in the USSR! Continue reading »

This Baker Turned Chernobyl And The Oklahoma City Bombing Into Cakes

This Baker Turned Chernobyl And The Oklahoma City Bombing Into Cakes
Chernobyl nuclear power plant a few weeks after the disaster. Original photo courtesy of Getty/Laski Diffusion/Getty Images

Cakes are often associated with celebrations with our loved ones, like in birthday parties, weddings, and others. But Brooklyn-based disaster-artist baker, Paige Heimark, turned disasters like Chernobyl and the Oklahoma Bombing into cakes. She uses cake to underscore how we consume trauma. Continue reading »

Daredevil Ukrainian Stalkers Took Stunning Photos Inside The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone In 2019

Daredevil Ukrainian Stalkers Took Stunning Photos Inside The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone In 2019

Serega Strange is a self-taught photographer, and urbex explorer from Ukraine, who likes to capture an abandoned world inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Serega visited the abandoned city Pripyat and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. He shares some amazing selfies on his Instagram. Continue reading »

Facebook Users Are Choosing The Graffiti For The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Facebook Users Are Choosing The Graffiti For The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

The turbine island of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant will get graffiti soon. Facebooks users are now choosing a design from 24 options, but the final decision will be made by the jury. Continue reading »

Inside The Abandoned Summer Camp In Chernobyl

Inside The Abandoned Summer Camp In Chernobyl
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Three days after the huge nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in northern Ukraine on April 26, 1986, the Soviets mandated that everyone living within 30-kilometers of the plant evacuate. People were told they’d only be gone for a few days, and packed as such. But 30 years later, the area — called the Exclusion Zone — remains uninhabited and has become a haunting time capsule of Soviet life in 1986. Here are photos of abandoned summer camp for children. Continue reading »

Chernobyl & Pompeii: 2018 Historical Photographer Of The Year Names Finalists

Famous places and cultural sites all around the world, from popular national treasures to hidden pearls not widely known, are celebrated in the awards.

The 2018 Historical Photographer of The Year is a competition that is judged according to originality, composition and technical learning, as well as the story motivating the submission and its historical meaning. Sputnik’s photo gallery gives you a glimpse into some of the most interesting places of historical significance.

Chernobyl & Pompeii: 2018 Historical Photographer Of The Year Names Finalists
The Red Sands Sea Forts are part of the WW2 fortifications of Great Britain. The forts were built to support the protection of London from aerial attacks in WW2. © PHOTO: MARK EDWARDS/HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Continue reading »

“Chernobyl: A Stalker’s Paradise” – Photographer Vladimir Migutin Captures The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone In Infrared

"Chernobyl: A Stalker’s Paradise" – Photographer Vladimir Migutin Captures The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone In Infrared

Pripyat is a ghost town in Ukraine, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as a monument to the most terrible nuclear catastrophe in world history. We have already seen him many times, but never before in such an unusual form. Continue reading »

Polish Stalkers Turned The Lights On In Pripyat, 31 Years After Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

Polish Stalkers Turned The Lights On In Pripyat, 31 Years After Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

Pripyat is a radioactive ghost town just outside Chernobyl, the site of the infamous nuclear disaster in 1986. Deep within the Exclusion Zone, the city has been permanently evacuated. Because of the contamination, officially you can’t live there, although 200 or so defiant oldster locals still do. They just kept on going back to their houses until the officials gave up. Continue reading »

What Happens To The Environment When Humans Disappear? The Wildlife Inside The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster Exclusion Zone

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A World War Two monument is seen near the 30 km (19 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, near the village of Babchin, Belarus, January 26, 2016. What happens to the environment when humans disappear? Thirty years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, booming populations of wolf, elk and other wildlife in the vast contaminated zone in Belarus and Ukraine provide a clue. On April 26, 1986, a botched test at the nuclear plant in Ukraine, then a Soviet republic, sent clouds of smouldering radioactive material across large swathes of Europe. Over 100,000 people had to abandon the area permanently, leaving native animals the sole occupants of a cross-border “exclusion zone” roughly the size of Luxembourg. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters) Continue reading »

Haunting Images From Chernobyl: 30 Years After The Worst Nuclear Holocaust

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A doll is seen amongst beds at a kindergarten in the abandoned city of Pripyat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine on March 28, 2016. Deadly radiation still spews from Chernobyl 30 years after the worst nuclear meltdown in history, as a newly built giant arch is pulled into place to cover the stricken reactor for the next century. (Photo by Gleb Garanich/Reuters) Continue reading »

Inside Chernobyl’s No-Go Zone 30 Years After The Nuclear Apocalypse

The town of Pripyat, in Ukraine, sprang up just three kilometres from the ill-fated Chernobyl power plant. But on April 26 1986, one of the reactors deep within the plant exploded, causing the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

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Photographer Roland Verant, 35, from Vienna, captured a series of stunning images of the Ukrainian town of Pripyat, 30 years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that decimated the town. Continue reading »

The Dead City Of Pripyat Now Has A Christmas Tree!

The Dead City Of Pripyat Now Has A Christmas Tree!

The dead city of Pripyat now has a Christmas tree! Some former citizens of the city joined the small celebration. They willingly came to decorate the tree installed next to the Palace of Culture “Energetik”. Some photos of their childhood years are hanging now on the tree together with decorations. Continue reading »

A Turquoise Lake In Siberia Where People Have Been Taking Selfies Is Actually A Toxic Power Plant’s Ash Dump

A Turquoise Lake In Siberia Where People Have Been Taking Selfies Is Actually A Toxic Power Plant's Ash Dump
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The lake, nicknamed the “Novosibirsk Maldives” because of how tropical it looks, has provided the perfect backdrop to people’s Instagram posts. But the reason for its colour is less appealing – calcium salts and other metal oxides from the plant. Continue reading »

The Vintage Beauty Of Soviet Control Rooms

The Vintage Beauty Of Soviet Control Rooms

Just for the pleasure, a selection of vintage control rooms dating back to the Soviet era! A beautiful collection of control rooms filled with large buttons and analog dials, long before the democratization of computers and screens. Continue reading »

The Best 100+ Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2016

The Best 100+ Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2016

Dairy cows nuzzle a barn cat as they wait to be milked at a farm in Granby, Quebec July 26, 2016. (Photo by Christinne Muschi/Reuters) Continue reading »

Grieving For The Lost Childhood: The Creepiest Graffiti Of Pripyat

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30 years ago the Ukrainian city Pripyat was abandoned after probably the biggest accident in nuclear power stations history of all times – Chernobyl disaster. But the city continues its existence in other forms. Graffiti in Pripyat is directly connected to the motive of the lost childhood and fear of the artists painting the abandoned town. This place causes mingled feelings: interest from one side and pity from the other. Pity for those people who used to live here and especially children whose childhood was stolen. Continue reading »

No Man’s Land: Fukushima Exclusion Zone Through The Eyes Of Daredevil Stalker

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It has been five years since reactor four went in to meltdown at the Fukushima Nuclear Power plant, triggered by a huge tsunami and earthquake that devastated Japan. The nuclear disaster led to the imposition of a 20 mile evacuation zone, similar to that seen in Chernobyl, more than 25 years earlier. Many of the towns that lay within it, have remained almost untouched since. Determined to see the evidence for himself, photographer Keow Wee Loong ignored the need for special permit and crept in to the exclusion zone overnight. Continue reading »

Photographer Hélène Veilleux Took Surreal Photos Of Abandoned Ship Graveyards In The Aral Sea

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They told us that the sea had gone far beyond the horizon, leaving in his desperate flight a sandy and salty soil, and some hulls offering their tired shadows to animals of an infinite steppe. Continue reading »

Amazing Creepy Bottles Inspired By H. P. Lovecraft’s Worlds

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Andrea Falaschi, the artist who made these creepy Lovecraftian bottles comes from Italy and as he states in his short bio he was born in ’86, during the months of the Chernobyl radiation accident – that changed forever his genes, turning him into a monstrous creature who still lives in a shell of human flesh. Andrea Falaschi is a self-taught sculpturer and painter. Continue reading »

Soviet Ghosts: The Ruins of the Communism

Only the most intrepid urban explorers cross the tattered ruins of the old iron curtain to endure the excessive bureaucracy, military paranoia and freezing winds of the East to hunt for the ghosts of an empire.

Rebecca Litchfield is one who couldn’t resist the haunting allure of the ruins of the Soviet Union. Time and again she risked radiation exposure, experienced arrest and interrogation, and was accused of espionage while collecting the stunning photography in Soviet Ghosts. Join her on an adventure through the ruins of soviet bloc, never before seen by western eyes.

The emotional affect of this poetic collection will keep you coming back for more, while a series of expert articles offer in-depth analysis of the historical context. Contemplate the uncanny and disturbing emotional power of the imagery. Discover the story of the rise and fall of the USSR, the empire whose ghost continues to haunt Europe even today…

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Hungary, MAV 424 Steam Train. Continue reading »

Combo: Provocative French Street Art

Combo: Provocative French Street Art

On a recent trip to Chernobyl, French street artist Combo left behind something memorable: a mural of The Simpsons. Combo is known for using iconic characters to make a statement, and this image continues the trend. The nuclear power plant in the background looks a lot more menacing here, but I also think there’s something really interesting about such a happy, cheery image juxtaposed against the aftermath of a horrible tragedy. Continue reading »

Reuters 100 Best Photos of the Year 2011

Reuters 100 Best Photos of the Year 2011

From the uprisings across the Arab world to the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan, there was no lack of news in 2011. Reuters photographers covered the breaking news events as well as captured more intimate, personal stories. In this showcase, the photographers offer a behind the scenes account of the images that helped define the year. Continue reading »