The Long Shadow of Chernobyl culminates 20 years of coverage by National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig into the most authoritative photo book documenting the aftermath of the worst nuclear disaster to date. The book is being funded in part by a Kickstarter campaign to offset the cost of printing this high-quality photo book.
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Ludwig's powerful images tell us tragic stories of the lives of the victims, the desolation of the Exclusion Zone, and the remnants of lives once lived in the now abandoned city of Pripyat. Inside the destroyed reactor #4, Ludwig takes us deeper into the belly of the beast than any Western documentary photographer. At the heart of the book are the people affected by the devastation - from the returnees who came back to the Exclusion Zone to live out their lives surrounded by desolation, to the children born with physical and mental disorders - from those suffering by the dramatic rise in cancers in the nuclear fallout areas, to those displaced permanently, haunted with the memories of the tragedy.
"I am driven by the duty to act in the name of these victims," says Ludwig, "to give them a voice through my pictures in this book. I have met many people who allowed me to expose their suffering in the hope of preventing tragedies like Chernobyl in the future."
An essay by Mikhail Gorbachev, the last head of state of the Soviet Union, reflects on the significance of the events at Chernobyl in the light of the political developments that would lead to the peaceful end of the Cold War.
- Hardcover with a slipcase, 11x12 inches
- 118 photographs on 252 pages
- Trilingual in English, German, and French
- Essay by Mikhail Gorbachev
- Quotes from Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich
- Divided into 4 chapters: Victims, Pripyat, The Zone, and Reactor #4
- Redacted CIA documents, a map, and detailed captions
- Published by Edition Lammerhuber in Vienna, Austria