Images and Photos of Chernobyl and Its Victims

There are thousands of people who have suffered various health problems, including birth defects, as a result of Chernobyl. There are also more than 2,000 abandoned towns and villages in the 150 mile area around the Chernobyl reactor. The following are some of the amazing galleries of images and photographs that feature the Chernobyl area, along with haunting images of the many victims of the world's worst nuclear disaster.

Images of Chernobyl

Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images News

This compilation features images of some of the ghost towns and abandoned areas around Chernobyl, compiled from Getty Images news photographers. 


Paul Fusco's Photo Gallery

Photographer Paul Fusco worked on a long-term project in the 1980s, documenting Belarussian children and adults who were sickened by radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl explosion. His gallery of photos is both terrifying and heartbreaking.

Robert Knoth's "Nuclear Nightmares"

Robert Knoth's gallery of photographs is titled "Nuclear Nightmares," and features his powerful black and white photography of the Chernobyl region and its people. 


National Geographic – Chernobyl 20 Years Later

A photo gallery of images of Chernobyl, 20 years after the disaster.


Chernobyl Today

An incredible gallery of photographs of the Chernobyl region, taken around 2009. 

National Geographic – Chernobyl 25 Years Later

National Geographic's February 2011 issue did a compelling photo retrospective of the 25 years since the Chernobyl disaster. 


Elena Filatova

Elena Filatova is a photojournalist who took numerous motorcycle trips into the region, taking haunting photos of abandoned houses, shops and ghost towns in the area around Chernobyl at various points in time.


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