"Nadya's Village"

Pages: 114 / photos: 95
Size: 286x216x16mm / hardcover
Price: 3,129JPY
Release Date: May 2007



I first began photographing Chernobyl in the Spring of 1991, exactly five years after the nuclear accident. I felt that it would be too wide a topic to look at Chernobyl through the theme of nuclear power, but it seemed possible to handle this project if I focused on themes to do with life. During my first trip to Chernobyl I visited both the site of the meltdown, reactor number four, and many hospitals where I witnessed the suffering of children with diseases related to radiation. However, I could not take photos of such sorrow. Instead I realized the possibility of focusing on the lives of the humans and other living things which continued to inhabit the polluted area. It was three years later that I created the books From the Winds of Chernobyl and Infinite Embrace.

(Excerpts from the author's postscript)


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