Chernobyl Through the Lens of People Who Live There


Contributed date

February 1, 2020 - 4:25pm

Critical Commentary

"Disposable citizens is a photography project that reveals images made by people who live in the radiated landscape around the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Ukraine. Participants were given disposable cameras and asked to show what it is like to live in the shadow of the nuclear disaster. This project formed part of my PhD research in Ukraine, as I did ethnographic research in the villages and town that are still occupied near Chernobyl.

Disposable’ not only stands for the photographic medium used (outmoded single-use 35mm film cameras), but also the way many people feel they have been treated by the Ukrainian state.  Many people who live with Chernobyl believe they are regarded as disposable citizens, abandoned by the government to an uncertain future."

Drawn from: Davies, T., 2013. A visual geography of Chernobyl: Double exposureInternational Labor and Working-Class History84, pp.116-139.


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Anonymous, "Chernobyl Through the Lens of People Who Live There", contributed by Kim Fortun, Center for Ethnography, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 1 February 2020, accessed 25 September 2021.