“Nuclear Tourism,” a selection of Gerd Ludwig’s photographs of tourism in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, will be exhibited at Visa Pour l’Image in Perpignan, August 29 – September 18, 2015.
In 2011, as people around the world watched TV reports on the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, the Ukrainian government gave approval for travel inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, which has now become a disaster-tourism destination.
Tourists take pictures of the sarcophagus encasing the reactor, but the top attraction is the ghost town of Pripyat, once home to nearly 50,000, now decaying and overgrown by nature, a less than truthful witness to its sudden abandonment. Visitors and tour guides have set up tableaux to evoke scenes, with, for example, a doll arranged next to a gas mask.
For more information: http://www.visapourlimage.com/exhibition/6610.do
To see more images from the story: http://www.gerdludwig.com/recent-work/chernobyl-nuclear-tourist
“The Long Shadow of Chernobyl” iPad app: https://itunes.apple.com/app/the-long-shadow-of-chernobyl/id484752718
Gerd Ludwig will be serving on the Jury for the Alfred Fried Photography Award for the second year in a row. The Fried Award is given annually by The Photographische Gesellschaft (PHG) in Austria and Edition Lammerhuber in partnership with UNESCO, the Austrian Parliament, the Austrian Parliamentary Reporting Association and the International Press Institute (IPI). The award recognizes the world’s best photograph on the theme of peace.
Submission for the award is free of charge and the winner will receive a prize of 5,000 euros. The winning photograph will be displayed at the Austrian Parliament building for a year and will then be added to the permanent collection of the Parliament. The submission deadline is May 17, and the award will be presented on September 17, just before the UN International Peace Day.
For more information on the award and submission process, visit http://www.friedaward.com.
Above: Photographer Emil Gataullin was the 2014 Alfred Fried Award winner for his work “Towards the Horizon.”
The Photo Society’s Image Review, an online portfolio review platform with National Geographic photographers, was recently launched with much acclaim. The Image Review is a unique opportunity for advanced amateur and professional photographers to get constructive feedback from top National Geographic pros via state-of-the-art video conferencing technology, eliminating issues of travel cost & time to get your work reviewed. Review sessions are now available, including some upcoming spots with Gerd Ludwig.
The Image Review FAQ: http://thephotosociety.org/the-image-review/faqs/
Information and schedule: http://thephotosociety.org/ir-photographers/gerd-ludwig/