Some 20 years after the nuclear reactor incident of April 26, 1986, Chernobyl lies 100 kilometers north of the capital city of Ukraine, Kiev, in a boreal forest of winding rivers and dark bogs. This wilderness was known as the Pripyat Marshes, the historic refuge of the Slavic people from foreign invasions. That first morning, as the plume of radioactive debris fell across the land and into the rest of Europe, the authorities evacuated the city of Pripyat and created a 40-kilometer Exclusion Zone around it. The 50,000 residents had 15 minutes to leave, and never returned. Today a ring of silent fire surrounds these pine woods and abandoned apartment buildings. People are not supposed to live here; wild boars, rabbits and deer thrive in the lush greenery. Even the steppe wolves have returned. I began visiting this region because I wanted to see what was there. I had little interest in theories of history, or root causes. The question was simple: What was daily life actually like in a post-nuclear world? What I found was a haphazard community of survivors, and emigrants from other cities who told me they preferred Chernobyl's rural peace to the urban blight of Ukraine's industrial zone. They were all exiles: a self-imposed exile to the nation's peasant past and the relative safety of its prehistory.
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Innova Fibaprint Warm Cotton Gloss
14"x11" | edition of 250
20"x16" | edition of 20
30"x24" | edition of 10