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Pripyat

Located within the Chernobyl disaster zone, Pripyat, Ukraine, was ground zero for the worst nuclear disaster in history when the reactor number four at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded on April 26, 1986. The town of Pripyat was founded in 1970 and its main purpose was to house the workmen of Chernobyl. At the time of the accident, almost 50,000 people were living there. It has been estimated that around 985,000 premature cancer deaths have occurred since that day as a result of radioactive contamination received from the incident. It’s hard to put into words exactly how it felt walking around Pripyat, and even now I don’t think I’ve completely managed to digest the experience. That may be the reason why it has taken me over a year to work on these photographs. The photographs were taken during a period of three hours, apparently the safe period of exposure.