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Best photos from Chernobyl

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Michal Kovacic


Since the Chernobyl disaster, pictures have been taken by reporters and adventure tourists who have visited the area to document its decay. The years of abandonment have left the forbidden area to crumble, and with each year that goes by the Chernobyl photos change. By taking pictures of Chernobyl and its decay over the years since 1986, it’s possible to accurately record the change of its structures and buildings. With each visitor to the zone a new set of image reports are created, documenting the change to Chernobyl through visual prints.

Chernobyl Photos

With so many photos taken every year of the dead zone and its buildings, brings a place where users can upload their pictures and show their photography art to others. You can either view the best pictures of Chernobyl or submit your own – this whole website is dedicated to the photography of Chernobyl through time.

Before and After

From the smiles on the faces of children, to the peeling radiated paint and decay of the buildings which stand today, the change of Chernobyl is shown. See Chernobyl pictures before and after the disaster of 1986 and experience the contrast of time. They say pictures tell a thousand words, but contrasting pictures tell even more.

Pictures Before The Disaster

There are very few pictures available which were taken before the disaster in Chernobyl, as the city was still very young and photographic technology was not what it is today. Fortunately, a lot of these pictures are available to view on this site.

Chernobyl Reactor Pictures

One of the most documented views of the zone is Reactor 4; the view of the reactor from a rooftop in Pripyat or in front of the monument at the power station is an image most visitors have. What changes is decay, natural growth and the weather, but the sarcophagus still remains the focal point.

Chernobyl Images – Which Camera?

Some of the best images of Chernobyl are taken with high-end and expensive DSLR cameras, but that doesn’t mean that a cheaper camera can’t produce great images, too. To achieve dramatic results and take artistic pictures, use a camera’s manual settings with a long exposure to produce images of expelled speed in an otherwise still location. The images produced with either a basic or advanced camera have the same desired effect; they show that the user was there and they record what the user saw. That view can often be subjective by the settings which were selected, but the sentiment is always the same. Taking a Chernobyl photography tour can enhance and improve your skills at recording time, using whatever camera you have you can take photography classes inside the zone. Meanwhile, have a look at photos taken by others from a variety of cameras and experience their journeys.


There are still radioactive places in the Chernobyl zone, although the levels are now a fraction of the radiation levels from the year 1986. Much of the radioactive isotopes have gone deeper into the soil – every year they travel about one centimeter deeper into the earth. Although there are areas of the Chernobyl exclusion […]

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01:24 AM, April 26, 1986

Leonid Toptunov, young operator of the reactor  mistakenly inserts the control rods too far. Two explosions that followed changed the history of mankind.


Chernobyl zone, now recovering from the 1986 disaster, change the history of photography experience.

Chernobyl Story

At 1:24 AM local time, 40-60 seconds after commencing the experiment, two large explosions at Chernobyl nuclear power plant took place. According to some accident investigators, taking off all the absorbing sticks from the active zone of the reactor, together with the reactor’s growing power capacity, the crash was unavoidable.

It was recorded that safety systems were shut off or even out of service at the time of the initial explosion and the explosion of steam and hydrogen blew the 1200 ton cover of the reactor and destroyed the roof. After a few seconds there came the second explosion.

According to several independent studies, while the first explosion was normal – chemical, the second explosion with the burning of the prompt neutrons, it had characteristics of a nuclear explosion with a yield of 0.3 kilotons (equal to around 300 tons of TNT). According to witnesses the first explosion was followed by a red blaze and the second explosion had a light-blue blaze, after which a mushroom cloud rose above the reactor.