The Long Shadow of Chernobyl Photo Book Now on Kickstarter

After 20 years, it is now time to culminate my long-term coverage of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster into a profound, high quality photo book, and I need your help to make it a reality.

Today I am launching a Kickstarter project to support the printing costs of the book. Your support will ensure that this book is printed to the highest standards, using quality paper, ink, and binding. I want this photo book to stand as a complete document of this man-made disaster – to remember the countless victims of Chernobyl, and to warn future generations of the deadly consequences of human hubris.

Thank you for your support.

Gerd Ludwig



New Work From Chernobyl

November 24, 2013

New Work from Chernobyl

After several months of traveling, Gerd Ludwig has been back in Los Angeles for a couple of weeks reviewing the photographs from his latest trip to Chernobyl, which was funded in parts by the German Kulturwerk foundation. Gerd will soon head to Vienna to start layout on a comprehensive photo book about Chernobyl, which will be published by Edition Lammerhuber in May 2014.

iPad App Updated

November 22, 2013

iPad App Updated

Gerd Ludwig’s iPad app, The Long Shadow of Chernobyl, has recently been updated to be compatible with the iOS 7.0 operating system. Both, images and text look stunning on the new iPad. Colors are more vibrant, and text is much sharper.

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Grant Awarded To Return To Chernobyl

The ‘Stiftung Kulturwerk’ announces the names of the recipients for this year’s grants. The foundation is one of the largest sources for funding in the fields of photography, illustration and design in Germany. It carries out the cultural mandate entrusted with the Verwertungsgesellschaft Bild-Kunst and awards project grants to photographers, illustrators, graphic artists, graphic designers and film makers.
Amongst the projects that receive funding, is Gerd’s proposal “Chernobyl – A Different Search for Traces”.

The grant enables Gerd to return to Chernobyl for two weeks this fall to add another segment to his long term project.

For more information on the Stiftung Kulturwerk, visit:

To see more about Gerd’s work in Chernobyl, visit:

German Green Party Convention Shows Chernobyl

The exhibit “Der lange Schattten von Tschernobyl/The Long Shadow of Chernobyl” is being shown at the convention of Germany’s Green Party in Berlin from April 26-28. In addition, the delegates watch a projection displaying 20 of the photographs during a minute of silence, commemorating the Chernobyl accident on the date of its 27th anniversary.

Just before the 27th anniversary of the Chernobyl catastrophe new troublesome reports come out of Fukushima, several news outlets report.

“Fukushima cleanup hit by significant setbacks” –

“Fukushima nuclear plant struggling with rat problem” – The Telegraph

“Is radiation from Fukushima to blame for a THOUSAND malnourished seals washing up on California beaches?” – Mail Online

“Tuna caught near California still have traces of Fukushima radiation” – RT Network

Chernobyl Exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany

Of all manmade environmental catastrophes in human history, Chernobyl is considered to have caused the most lasting impact. Since his first visit in 1993, Gerd Ludwig has been documenting the aftermath of the accident in dramatic and compassionate photographs — the failed reactor, the contamination to the land, and the countless victims in the fallout regions.

April 26, 2011 marked the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident. At 1:23am, the nuclear power plant’s reactor #4 blew up after operators botched a safety test, triggering an explosion and a fire that burned for 10 days. The radioactive fallout spread over tens of thousands of square kilometers, driving more than a quarter of a million people permanently from their homes. It was the world’s worst nuclear accident to date. Twenty-five years later, the long shadow of Chernobyl continues to darken land and lives. Gerd Ludwig’s stunning and in-depth documentary images exemplify his own credo, “great photography touches the soul and broadens the mind”.

This exhibition of over 50 photographs spanning Gerd Ludwig’s long-term project will take place at the Kunst Haus in Nuremberg Germany from October 3rd through November 25, 2012.

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