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.
Robert Polidori has captured in large format, cities which have now become ghost towns, due to the most devastating of nuclear accidents. The colors are muted in the photographs as they are in real life, with everything that's left covered in dirt, debris, and rubble. There may never be a full clean-up because of the radiation still present, which would put people at risk, and the fact that it will never be rebuilt anyway. It appears most of the shots were taken during cloudy days, and I am wondering if the mood would have been emphasized a tad further had some warmer light shined into the interiors.
The story of what happened is barely touched upon, but this book is a photo representation of what is left behind, and not a story about what happened. I have no problem looking elsewhere to find the history of the accident, and think the book stands alone as a stunning pictorial depiction of what can go wrong in the nuclear age. One of my favorite photo books in any genre.
This is a fantastic book which creates an atmosphere of emptiness and desolation. The images are of unbelievable clarity and you will find yourself keep going back to one photo and noticing something new.i did, but when you see the size and quality of the photos you will agree with me that it is worth every penny!!!!