Cover Osteuropa 4/2006

In Osteuropa 4/2006

Vodka Was Supposed to Cleanse Our Thyroid Glands
Igor’ Kostin on His Photos of Chernobyl

Deutsche Fassung


Igor’ Kostin probably took the only surviving photo of the damaged reactor at Chernobyl as it appeared the night of the accident. Since then, Kostin has repeatedly returned to Chernobyl to document what happened and what ground to a halt. In the first days after the accident, Kostin stood with emergency workers on the roof of a neighbouring reactor at Chernobyl. He documented the evacuation of the area’s inhabitants from the 30-kilometre zone and captured on film the visible and invisible consequences of radioactive contamination.

(Osteuropa 4/2006, pp. 57–62)

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