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01.30.15 Bucky Turco

The meltdown of Chernobyl was not a good thing, but nearly three decades after the catastrophic disaster, it seems to have left behind some beauty too. Apart from the human tragedy, mutated animals, and radioactive wasteland it created, the site of the world’s largest nuclear accident and surrounding areas, provide ruin porn of the highest […]

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04.30.14 Marina Galperina

These old photos posted by Alexander Strannik on his LiveJournal were taken in 1986 in Chernobyl, a few months after the infamous catastrophic nuclear incident. He was part of one of the first major clean up/reconstruction crews, but not one of the “heroes” who “by bravery or ignorance” were working directly at the site of the […]

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03.31.14 Marina Galperina

“Initially about 700 of the elderly returned,” National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig tells DAZED. “At first, the authorities declared them illegal residents and tried to have them removed, but then they realized that these people had lived there for their whole lives. There was no mobility in the former Soviet Union, so to generations of people, Chernobyl […]

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01.21.13 Eugene Reznik

Twenty-seven years after the Chernobyl disaster, researchers are surprised to find that animals in the fall out zone don’t actually glow in the dark. Mary Mycio, author of Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl, spent several months wandering through the exclusion zone, the evacuated area hit hardest by the fall out, and calls it a […]

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05.30.12 Marina Galperina

A while ago, a group of ANIMAL favorites — artist duo Eva and Franco Mattes of 0100101110101101.org, photographer Tod Seelie and other inspired crazies went to Chernobyl and smuggled out a “radioactive” carousel, reassembling it in a public park in Manchester. Now see their short film Let Them Believe about the feat. “If the world […]

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05.29.12 Marina Galperina

ANIMAL asks photographers about that one shot that got away. This week, Tod Seelie recalls a missed portrait in a radioactive hospital room in Chernobyl. […]

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03.19.12 Marina Galperina

In the horror genre’s endless pursuit of finding new reasons for protagonists to get dragged of screaming into the darkness, the Paranormal Activity dude made Chernobyl Diaries. Oooooh, the mysterious land of “Chernobyl”… that no one ever goes to, right? […]

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07.07.11 Marina Galperina

Next Saturday (Jul 16th), Brooklyn’s Rooftop Films presents Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark’s short Let Them Believe featuring Eva and Franco Mattes of 0100101110101101.org. Shot in Chernobyl, it follows Plan C, a.k.a. operation radioactive carousel heist. […]

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05.16.11 Marina Galperina

Here are two latest videos from Ukrainian topless protest girl-crew FEMEN, both directed by a non-Ukrainian non-girl. The “Forbidden Zone” action vid of their action pretty much kills Chernobyl porn. Their music video is infectious. NSFW […]

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04.27.11 Marina Galperina

On the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, FEMENistas went into the radioactive “Zone” wearing only gas masks, little gloves, big boots, festive underwear, wreathes and ribbons to protest “the exploitation of the Chernobyl theme,” I shit you not. NSFW […]

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