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Polidori, Robert (Photographer) & Culbert, Elizabeth (Contributor). ZONES OF EXCLUSION: PRIPYAT AND CHERNOBYL. Gottingen, Germany: Gerhard Steidl Druckerei Und Verlag, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 112 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of color photographs on subject. One of Robert Polidori's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Robert Polidori and Gerhard Steidl: Oversize-volume format. A huge book. Pale gray cloth boards with titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Robert Polidori. Essay by Elizabeth Culbert. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by Steidl in Gottingen, Germany to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents, in a stunning large-scale format, Robert Polidori's "Zones of Exclusion: Pripyat And Chernobyl". Photographs of the abandoned, off-limits, contaminated areas, taken fifteen years after the Chernobyl meltdown. "In the 11 days following the Chernobyl catastrophe on April 26, 1986, more than 116, 000 people were evacuated from the area surrounding the nuclear power plant. Declared permanently unfit for human habitation, the Zones of Exclusion are Pripyat (established in the 1970's to house workers) and Chernobyl itself. In May 2001, Robert Polidori was allowed to photograph what remains. His richly detailed images move from the burned-out control room of Reactor 4, where technicians staged the experiment that caused the disaster, to the unfinished apartment complexes, ransacked schools, and abandoned nurseries that remain as evidence of those who once called Pripyat home. Nearby, trucks and tanks used in the cleanup efforts rest in an auto graveyard, some covered in lead shrouds and others robbed of parts. Houseboats and barges rust in the contaminated waters of the Pripyat River. Foliage grows over the sidewalks and hides the modest homes of Chernobyl. Captures the faded colors and desolate atmosphere of these two places, producing haunting documents that present the reader with a rare view of not just a disastrous event, but a place and the people who once lived there" (Elizabeth Culbert). Svetlana Alexievich's "Voices From Chernobyl" (2005), one of the greatest books of our time, captures the human cost of the disaster in harrowing words. Robert Polidori somehow captures them in images. It is not possible to understand the full impact and true meaning of "modernization", an abstract macro-concept, without looking at Robert Polidori's indelible images. An absolute "must-have" title for Robert Polidori collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated in black ink-pen on the flyleaf by Robert Polidori. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary photography classic. This is one of very few such signed and dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online are subsequent printings or have serious flaws because the book has an unwieldy size and as such, demands to be handled with utmost care. A rare signed copy thus. 80 color plates. One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERT POLIDORI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3882439211. $200.00

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