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„I shall be gone and live – or stay and die“

The consequences of the radioactive explosions on April 26th 1986 at 01:23:44 in the Soviet nuclear power plant „Vladimir Ilyich Lenin“ near the Ukrainian city of Chernobyl have been and still are catastrophic for Ukraine, Belarus, parts of Russia and - to a lesser extend - for much of Europe...

31 years later, Austrian photographer Peter Lagler embarked on a journey into another – forgotten and largely deserted world, where nature is now trying to best combat the damage done by humans, in the 2.598 km² large depopulated exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine.
In his book with 142 photos „I shall be gone and live – or stay and die“ he wants „to show people what nuclear radiation means in reality – what invisible monsters are behind it – and what an endless suffering it can bring, in no time… but for many many years – in reality for always“.