Zones of Exclusion: Pripyat and Chernobyl

Zones of Exclusion: Pripyat and Chernobyl

by Robert Polidori, Elizabeth Culbert
     
 


In the 11 days following the Chernobyl catastrophe on April 26, 1986, more than 116,000 people were permanently evacuated from the area surrounding the nuclear power plant. Declared unfit for human habitation, the Zones of Exclusion includes the towns of Pripyat (established in the 1970s to house workers) and Chernobyl.See more details below

Overview


In the 11 days following the Chernobyl catastrophe on April 26, 1986, more than 116,000 people were permanently evacuated from the area surrounding the nuclear power plant. Declared unfit for human habitation, the Zones of Exclusion includes the towns of Pripyat (established in the 1970s to house workers) and Chernobyl.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The Chernobyl nuclear disaster on April 26, 1984, forced the immediate evacuation of more than 116,000 people from that part of the Ukraine, which was subsequently declared unfit for human habitation. Fifteen years and more than 350,000 evacuations later, photographer Polidori (Havana) returned to shoot vacant apartment blocks, highways, classrooms, and dachas being reclaimed by the forest, and the frightening control rooms themselves. As Polidori writes: "Does any generation have the right to risk the safety of so many future generations?... I felt personally compelled to confront and witness this ongoing tragedy that no ritual can heal." The result is 190 color photos that give this 15" x 11" book a deeply haunting quality. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
How quickly one zone of crisis is replaced by another in the media and in our minds, but, as Polidori (Havana) points out here, "The radioactive half-lives of elements are not subject to this form of accelerated, subjective amnesia." In his meticulous, large-scale photographs, taken June 6-9, 2001, Polidori brings the disaster of Chernobyl back to the present, and the aftereffects of the world's worst nuclear disaster are all the more painful for their continued existence. Scenes from an abandoned school cafeteria, a hospital nursery, and a music classroom appear to be frozen in a moment of terror-April 26, 1986. Polidori also documents the guards and engineering teams working at Chernobyl 15 years later, as well as buildings abandoned outside of Chernobyl and nearby, especially in the town of Pripyat. As curator Culbert describes in the book's one page of text, Pripyat faced mandatory evacuation and falls within the 30-kilometer "Exclusion Zone" around the nuclear plant. To this day, the town remains empty. These nearly 200 photographs, with their vibrant colors and quietly horrific details (soot-covered dolls, a pile of gas masks), their emptiness, and their portrayals of the white-jacketed workers of the present, are not-so-subtle reminders of the world's increasing backlog of unsolved disasters. They are also stunning as photographs. Highly recommended.-Carolyn Kuebler, "Library Journal" Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783882439212
Publisher:
Steidl/Pace/MacGill Gallery
Publication date:
10/30/2008
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
15.40(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >