Erik Five Gunnerud is a professional photographer from Norway.
'These pictures were taken on my fifth
trip to Chernobyl in 2016 / 2017, with a
Hasselblad XPan camera and Ilford Delta
3200 film. High ISO film is especially
sensitive to radiation, which is why
there is some ghosting in a few of the
It is not too difficult to get into the 30
kilometre Exclusion Zone surrounding
the Chernobyl disaster site. You have
to contact one of the companies that
organise these trips, pay for a guide,
and pay for a visa to get in. It's not
possible to go in without a guide.
We were equipped with radiation
detectors during the whole stay.
The exclusion zone is mostly safe,
but there are a couple of places it is
still too dangerous to visit due to high
radiation levels. For instance, the cellar
at the hospital where the fire fighters'
uniforms are gathered - you still get a
very high radiation reading through
three concrete floors above where the
uniforms are kept.'
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48 pages of photographs and texts