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After Chernobyl posterRegular readers of Chernobyl and Eastern Europe may remember a series of posts I wrote last April about a new photo exhibit entitled Inside Chernobyl: life goes on by my friend Michael Forster Rothbart.

Inside Chernobyl: life goes on
Inside Chernobyl Photo Exhibit

This exhibit was displayed for two weeks in Kyiv's Shevchenko Park and later in Slavutych, the city that replaced Pripyat as home for the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant workers.

Rothbart has since returned to the United States after completing a 10-month Fulbright fellowship, in which he spent time documenting life in Slavutych and villages near the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. He has created a second exhibit titled After Chernobyl, which details the daily lives of Chernobylites including samosels, former Zone residents and liquidators. This exhibit has recently been showing at the University of Wisconsin and is scheduled for other showings in the future.

If you are not able to see the exhibit in Wisconsin and are interested in seeing part of this show, Rothbart has just released a preliminary beta version of his new After Chernobyl web exhibit. This unique site is more than just a web gallery. It has been designed as a place where visitors can participate in meaningful discussions about the photographs by leaving either text or audio comments on each page.

This website utilizes VoiceThread to create a collaborative, multimedia slide show. It is different than any other Chernobyl site you have seen on the web and definitely worth your time. Check it out when you get a chance.

Rothbart is planning a second, much larger web exhibit for 2010. Upcoming shows of his Chernobyl photo exhibits are currently scheduled for:

  • Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Art, Kharkiv, Ukraine - Autumn 2009
  • National Chernobyl Museum, Kyiv, Ukraine - Autumn 2009
  • Washington, D.C. - Spring 2010 (Details to come)

In case you missed the initial showing of Michael Forster Rothbart's "Inside Chernobyl: life goes on" photography exhibit in Kyiv, you have another chance. From June 5 to July 5, 2009 the exhibit will be on display at the Slavutych Information Center in Slavutych, Ukraine.

This photo exhibit had a brief initial showing from late April to early May in Kyiv's Shevchenko Park. The exhibit will now be appropriately displayed in Slavutych, a city that was built after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster as the new home for Chernobyl Nuclear Plant workers.

The Slavutych Information Center is located at 7 Druzhby Narodiv Street in Slavutych.

Details about the "Inside Chernobyl" photo exhibit can be found in my previous post about the Kyiv opening.

Note: Slavutych is located 40 km from Chernihiv, 45 km from Pripyat and 200 km from Kyiv. Rooms can be found at the hotel "Yevropeyskiy" at reasonable rates.
Last week I wrote about Michael Forster Rothbart's new photo exhibit in Kyiv titled "Inside Chernobyl: life goes on."

Yesterday, Global Comment editor Natalia Antonova posted an interesting interview with Forster Rothbart. The discussion looks into how the project developed, how it is different than other Chernobyl photographic works, the distinctions between urban and rural Ukraine and misconceptions about Chernobyl.

Take a few minutes and read this enlightening interview.

"Inside Chernobyl: life goes on" should be making its way to Slavutych, Moscow and Washington, D.C. later this year.

Inside Chernobyl: life goes on Photography Exhibition


This is a press release about a new photo exhibit in Kyiv, Ukraine. The photography is by a colleague, Michael Forster Rothbart, who has spent much of the past 8 months photographing inside the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, the city of Slavutych and villages near the Exclusion Zone. If you happen to be in Kyiv during the next two weeks, definitely check this out.

If you worked at Chernobyl, would you stay there?

A new photography exhibition reveals the inside of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant today, focusing on the everyday lives of nine people who still work there. Created by an American photographer and Fulbright Scholar, this exhibition honors all those who work inside the Chernobyl plant, and the city of Slavutych where they live.

Highlights of this unusual exhibit are:

  • Two 7-meter-long circular panoramas, showing Control Room 1 and the entire plant, giving visitors the impression of standing inside the site.
  • Never-before seen photographs from inside the 4th Block "Object Shelter."
  • Life stories told by the people who work at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
The "Inside Chernobyl: life goes on" photography exhibit will be displayed for two weeks, April 24 to May 8, 2009, in Shevchenko Park, Kyiv, to coincide with the April 26th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident.

The exhibit will open April 24, 2009 at 3 p.m., in Shevchenko Park, near Lva Tolstogo metro station.

Invited speakers include:

  • U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William B. Taylor
  • Director of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Igor Gramotkin
  • Director of the Chernobyl Shelter Implementation Plan Laurin Dodd
  • Slavutych mayor Volodymyr Udovychenko
  • National Chernobyl Museum Scientific Director Anna Korolevska
  • Photographer Michael Forster Rothbart
The five families profiled were chosen to represent a diverse cross-section of their community. Through large-scale photographs and texts based on personal interviews, viewers will learn about the workers' jobs and lives.

The exhibit was created by American photojournalist Michael Forster Rothbart, in cooperation with residents of Slavutych. Forster Rothbart is a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Ukraine. He has been photographing the lives of villagers near Chernobyl since 2007.

This exhibition was made possible through generous support from:

  • Chernobyl Shelter Implementation Plan Project Management Unit
  • Fulbright Program in Ukraine
  • United States Embassy in Ukraine
For more information and media accreditation, please contact:

Natasha Gryvnyak,
Exhibit public relations manager

Photographs are available for media use at:

Michael Forster Rothbart can be reached at

Another Chernobyl Panorama Website


While I’m on the subject of Chernobyl panoramas, you should also check out another website, Panoramas from the Chernobyl Zone. This website has a group of excellent photos by my friend and colleague, Michael Forster Rothbart, a Fulbright fellow who is currently back in Ukraine working on his “After the Nukes” photographic project. On this site, you can select specific photos by name/caption, or use the interactive Google maps, which show the location of each photo.

Chernobyl 360º Panoramas - Polish Website


Chernobyl Panoramas Polish SiteI recently stumbled across a neat website from Poland, Wirtualne Panoramy 360°, that has great 360º panorama photographs from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (the site also has excellent panoramas of other locations as well). Definitely check this site out when you have a few minutes.