Nuclear Tourism in Ukraine

A notebook and Ukrainian banknote rests on the keyboard of an Apple laptop

To mark the 30th anniversary of the worst nuclear accident in history I’m publishing my notes from a trip to the Ukraine back in 2010. The contents of the following three pages started out as excitedly scribbled paragraphs in a little black Moleskine, which was shoved back into my camera bag between frantic bouts of wide-eyed photography and lessons in terrible and at times unbelievable history.

Detail photo of research base in Chernobyl showing 4 windows and part of a street light

Arrival in the Exclusion Zone

Menace on the Horizon - alternative view of reactors 3 and 4

Chornobyl and Pripyat

A stark black and white image showing a neo-brutalist concrete building

Pripyat and Kiev