Chernobyl: Confessions of a Reporter
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Chernobyl: Confessions of a Reporter

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On April 26, 1986, Reactor #4 at the V. I. Lenin Nuclear Power Plant near Chernobyl exploded, releasing 400 times more radioactive matter than the bombing of Hiroshima. Igor Kostin, then a reporter for the Novosti Agency, took the very first photograph of the accident, continuing to endure massive radiation overexposure to document the disaster for the International Atomic...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Umbrage Editions
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Io lo posseggo in italiano, nessuna voglia di fare una nuova schedalibro. Quindi.
Se qualcuno che conoscete vi decanta il nucleare o fosse anche solo possibilista, fateglielo leggere, guardare le fotografie, poi gli proponete di fare una bella centrale vicino al suo ridente paesello o città. Vediamo che vi risponde. La Svizzera dopo Fukushima uscirà dal nucleare in circa 20anni. Tardi, ma non é mai troppo tardi per farlo, se fosse per me domani é già troppo tardi.
La testimonianza di Igor Kostin v...more
Wes Metz
Photojournalist Igor Kostin was flying in a helicopter over Chernobyl reactor number four (or what was left of it) within hours of the accident; his photos of the immediate aftermath, followed by more images in the subsequent months and years, are a moving portrait of the human tragedy brought on by the inherent flaws of the Communist system. The courage of the men sent in to attempt to contain the radiation storm is incredible; the bravery of the 'liquidators' who would receive a lifetime dose...more
Ominously Graphic Account of a Forgotten Tragedy ...

I was a sophomore in college on April 26, 1985 when the news of Chernobyl broke. I remember sitting with friends in my dorm room when someone down the hall prompted us to adjust our television's aluminum foil "rabbit ears" to see the news of an explosion at a nuclear reactor in the Soviet Union. Looking back, I recall two simultaneous reactions: 1) This may be serious and 2) It's the Soviet Union, so we'll never hear the truth about what really...more
This is a fantastic photo-journalistic account by Igor Kostin who was one of the first members of the media on site directly after the disaster. Through words and photographs you can see his love for the people who gave so much to protect others during this time. He continued to return to the area for years to come and shares his observations, thoughts and fears throughout the book.

I first learned about him through the Discovery Channel's documentary, The True Battle of Chernobyl and would highl...more
This is a compilation of ground zero photographs of the Chernobyl reactor, Pripyat, and the surrounding villages at different points immediately after (and years after) the explosion. Igor Kostin got a press pass from Moscow and documented the reactor, the cleanup effort, and the illnesses it caused in those who participated and the children born years afterward. These are the most firsthand photographs I've ever seen of Chernobyl and its disastrous effects.
I've read several books about the Chernobyl incident, looked up info on the Internet, and watched the few documentaries I could find. This book contains photos I had never seen before. The author lived with the clean-up crews for months, and spent a lot of time photographing the plant and the surrounding area. Not much scientific detail here, but a very personal account of the early days after the incident.
Chilling! Igor Kostin is a photographer journalist and this is his account of the Chernobyl disaster. Each chapter begins with a journal like entry and then several pages of photographs. It is an amazing book.
I was a little disappointed the format wasn't more formal, but in recognition of Mr. Kostin's profession as a photojournalist, it makes sense. Haunting photographs.
Shocking.. Probably one of the few honest stories I have read about the disaster
Reade Adams
Astounding photographs...
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