Chernobyl in Ruins
Igor Kostin was the only photographer to have shot the ruined Chernobyl reactor on April 16, 1986, the day of the accident. On his first trip over the smoking ruin his motor drive malfunctioned after 20 shots; 19 of them were fogged. Kostin returned to the scene a number of times to take more photographs and to help dump sand on the reactor core. He received high doses of radiation in the process. In this view, cranes from the construction of the sarcophagus are visible in the background.