In the madness of the Chernobyl exclusion zone
“The “Zone” as told by Bruno Masi and Guillaume Herbaut is the forbidden space around the former Chernobyl power station. A radioactive site, which was evacuated from its inhabitants after the nuclear accident of 1986, and which remains theoretically closed to humans.
Twenty-five years later, however, this highly contaminated area is anything but desert. It has become a space apart, both a prison and a refuge. In the midst of lush nature and ancient ruined villages, wolves have multiplied. And all kinds of people live or survive there: metal smugglers, militiamen, undocumented migrants, the marginalised, criminals, young people with no future or ordinary families affected by the economic crisis.
From this frightening place, permanently haunted by invisible radioactivity, photographer Guillaume Herbaut and journalist Bruno Masi have made an exciting project (…)”.
– Claire Guillot- Le Monde. 30 April 2011