April 11, 2012
Robert Polidori is a New York based architectural and urban photographer and a staff photographer at The New Yorker. His able to combine his personal work with his job.
The series Zones of Exclusion: Pripyat and Chernobyl (2003) is what intrigues me from his body of work --- representations of the devastation both inside the Chernobyl nuclear plant and in the nearby town of Pripyet.
Robert Polidori, Control Room, Reactor 4, Chernobyl, 2001
In 1999 Polidori photographed what had been left behind in the area surrounding the nuclear power plant, which were declared unfit for human habitation in April 26, 1984 The zones of exclusion includes the towns of Pripyat and Chernobyl. He photographed vacant apartment blocks, highways, classrooms, and dachas being reclaimed by the forest, and the control rooms themselves.
Robert Polidori, Operating Room, 2001, from the series Zones of Exclusion