Gerd Ludwig’s trilingual photo book, The Long Shadow of Chernobyl, published by Edition Lammerhuber, was just named Photo Book of the Year by Pictures of the Year International (POYi).

Pictures of the Year International (POYi) is the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism program in the world. POYi’s mission is to honor and promote the work of documentary photographers, magazine, newspaper, and freelance photojournalists. POYi’s worldwide competition sets the gold standard for excellence in documentary photography, photojournalism, visual editing, and online multimedia. Each year, more than 48,000 works are submitted to the contest by photojournalists from over 70 nations, who document the news events, social issues, and cultural trends.

Captivating images of National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig’s nine visits to Chernobyl in 20 years tell us tragic stories of the life of the victims, the Exclusion Zone and the abandoned city of Pripyat. Ludwig ventured deeper into the belly of the beast than any Western photographer, repeatedly documenting the destroyed rector #4, which will disappear under a New Safe Confinement for at least 100 years. Bordering the site of the worst nuclear disaster to date, the abandoned city of Pripyat might face a similar destiny as authorities decide what to do with it.

An essay by Mikhail Gorbachev, the last head of state of the Soviet Union, accompanies Gerd Ludwig’s emotional visual narrative. This book is an important body of documentary work in view of the ongoing nuclear disaster in Fukushima 25 years later.

For more information on POYi: http://www.poyi.org/

To buy a signed copy of The Long Shadow of Chernobyl: http://www.gerdludwig.com/store/the-long-shadow-of-chernobyl-photo-book/

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE PUBLISHES “THE NUCLEAR TOURIST”
SEPTEMBER // 2014

After the publication of his 20-year retrospective “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl” Gerd Ludwig continues to explore the aftermath of the world’s worst nuclear disaster to date. In a story titled “THE NUCLEAR TOURIST,” the October issue of National Geographic Magazine USA and several of the foreign language editions of NG published Gerd’s images of tourism in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (text by George Johnson).
For more information and to see the images: Click here

In addition, the German language edition of National Geographic ran a 2-page interview with Gerd about the power of photography and what makes working for National Geographic special.
To read the interview: Click here

To order a signed copy of the book: Click here

Gerd returned to his native Germany after two weeks shooting in the Exclusion Zone. On his way back, he visited the Chernobyl Museum in Kiev with his assistant, Maxim Kuznetsov, and donated a copy of “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl” for the museum library (above). Later in Kiev, he met with Vitali Klitschko, the former heavyweight boxing world champion, and current mayor of Kiev (below). His father had been a liquidator following the Chernobyl disaster and later died of cancer. If a second run of the book is printed, Klitschko was kind enough to agree to write an epilogue.

Photo credits: Gerd Ludwig / Maxim Kuznetsov

Lumix Festival Presentation

During my presentation at the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism, I was honored that Daniela Schadt, the German President Joachim Gauck’s domestic partner, attended. It was a pleasure to meet her and give her a copy of my Chernobyl book.

Photo credit: Felix Zahn/ Hochschule Hannover

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A sneak peak at Gerd Ludwig’s exhibition “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl” at the Natural History Museum in Vienna: About 70 images from the book and will be on display there from May 14th until September 1st. Posted at the exhibit is a list of every backer from my two Kickstarter projects who have helped me return to the Zone and print the book.

First look at the book

Publisher Lois Lammerhuber (Edition Lammerhuber) shows Gerd the first bound copy of “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl” on Skype. With the fantastic support of all the Kickstarter backers, the photo book has become a reality! After a long time in the works, it was printed and presented to the public in the Natural History Museum Vienna on May 13th.

Copyright for the first image (photo exhibition): (c) NHM Wien / Kurt Kracher

Kickstarter Success!

April 21, 2014

Kickstarter Success

Thanks to 406 backers, The Long Shadow of Chernobyl photo book is a reality! Over 60 days we raised $45,571 – that’s 227% of my original goal!

I am now working on the exhibition and book launch at the Natural History Museum in Vienna, Austria and planning further events in Los Angeles and Germany.

Thank you to everyone who donated and helped to get the word out.

Best,
Gerd Ludwig