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Chernobyl: Confessions of a Reporter Hardcover – 2 May 2007
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Chernobyl Marking the 20th anniversary, Chernobyl depicts the long-lasting consequences of the nuclear disaster. Full description
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There are many more of those personal anecdotes.
Splendid read and superb images. Fully Recommended.
It doesn't explain any of the backgrounds why this happened, you would need to research all this or buy a book that closes this gap.
But if you want to get an idea how it was on the ground, dealing with the catastrophe then this is the right book.
An extremely interesting and informative book. A must for anyone with even a passing interest in this incident.
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The problem I've discovered with Chernobyl is that it doesn't seem to get the attention it deserves. While the accident is always referenced as the "worst nuclear disaster in history", the event, 25 years later, still remains clouded in mystery and for many in the Western Hemisphere, it sadly doesn't even register as a significant event (just ask any college kid). Making matters worse, there is very little photographic evidence to paint a clearer picture of the event and its aftermath (other than the exploitation and exaggeration of Chernobyl by video game developers). This is why I found Igor Kostin's book to be so valuable. Kostin was there, with his camera, in April 1986 and was so touched by the events unfolding that he kept coming back ... even though it almost cost him his life.
CHERNOBYL: CONFESSIONS OF A REPORTER is a phenomenal photographic chronicle of the Chernobyl accident and its impact on the people and places associated with it. While primarily a book of photographs grouped into chapters dedicated to subject-matter, the pictures only tell part of the story. Kostin's words add a significant degree of depth and sadness to the visual presentation. The combination of words and photos paint a much clearer picture of the drama that unfolded at Chernobyl in 1986 and the eerie nature of Soviet Union using humans as fodder in response to a crisis. Starting with the only known picture taken of the Chernobyl plant the day of the explosion (a radiation-hazed aerial view of the gaping hole in the No. 4 reactor), what follows is a gloomy photographic account of what happened after the accident: doomed men (known as "liquidators") assigned to remove the super-deadly radioactive debris from the reactor's core ... the subsequent evacuation of those living within the 30km zone surrounding the crippled plant ... the construction of the concrete and lead sarcophagus meant to contain the still-volatile core ... and the contaminated wasteland that remains. The pictures speak volumes: the photo of men wearing simple masks and gloves while shoveling chunks of highly-radioactive graphite on the roof of the damaged reactor is in direct contrast to the photo of a man testing radiation levels miles away from the plant wearing a fully protective suit. Other photos document meager attempts of Soviet Union to contain the spread of radiation by burying villages and creating graveyards for the multitude of contaminated vehicles, but not the looters scavenging radioactive parts. Photos of an eight-footed foal and a child suffering from mutations serve as examples of anomalies that may be linked to the disaster.
Kostin's photos and accompanying commentary initially reveal a much more chaotic and desperate scenario that I have previously seen, but photos of his subsequent returns to the region reveal the eerie beauty of natures resilience (a radiation warning sign amid a field of yellow flowers) and man's doggedness (elderly villagers fearlessly returning to their contaminated villages). Kostin even documents his own bout with radiation sickness following numerous visits to the region.
CHERNOBYL: CONFESSIONS OF A REPORTER is an excellent graphic account of the disaster in that it provides an up-close viewing of how man contained an unleashed nuclear beast (at least temporarily). While the pictures tell a story, it is the author's brief introductions to each chapter and photo commentary that bring the pictures to life. An impressive book that does more than simply illustrate a sequence of events, CONFESSIONS OF A REPORTER adds scope and gravity to the Chernobyl tragedy.
Highly recommended for picture lovers and people who are interested in the Chernobyl disaster and its impact on the environment and peoples lives.
Written by one of the first to reach the site of the accident and to photograph it, this guys has guts that most of us only can imagine and dream we may act in such a heroic way.
The photo's are astonishing especially the one looking directly down into the open roof of the reactor.
I highly recommend this photo essay to anyone interested in the Chernobyl incident.
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