Once a city with a population of fifty thousand, Pripyat is now a post-apocalpytic wasteland. It is one of the most contaminated places on earth, left to stew through nearly thirty years of decay and radiation.
26 April 1986. It was on this day that a catastrophic series of events at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant led to the worst nuclear accident ever seen. Pripyat, a city populated by power plant workers and their families, was evacuated in haste the following day.
Residents were told they would return in three days, and were instructed to only bring what was necessary. They were never allowed to return. As a result, most personal belongings were left behind, where they remain to this date.
Pripyat is the closest thing to seeing what a ‘post-human’ world would truly be like. Wildlife has thrived, nature has reclaimed man made structures, yet personal effects and hidden stories remain scattered across the city.
A documentary photography series and accompanying photo book profiling the abandoned city of Pripyat, inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine.