Robert Polidori’s photo album tells the story of the destruction of the area surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear power plant – 15 years after the infamous disaster in the plants fourth reactor.
This book focuses on the town of Pripyat, a permanently abandoned town near the reactor, where the plant workers and their families once lived – now in the area known as the “Exclusion Zone”.
This book is beautifully presented with a close attention to detail. It captures brilliantly, the loneliness and desolation of the human tragedy that happened here and which is slipping out of public consciousness.
The photos show houses, schools, hospitals, boats, villages and more as they were between the dates of June 6-9, 2001.
This is a large format book and the photos within it are printed with incredible detail. You will find yourself coming back to the same photo’s again and again – each time finding something new.
My only disappointment with this book is the lack of a more detailed description to go with the photos. A one-line description is given for most photos at the back of the book but it left me yearning for more – which might not be such a bad thing.
I highly recommend this photo journal.