Posts Tagged ‘Vice’

The Anguish of Chernobyl By Jim Krantz

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“The Anguish of Chernobyl”, a look at Jim Krantz’s documentary project in the “Forbidden Zone” and the village” inhabitants occupying the forgotten and overlooked world they survive in.

A stunningly beautiful essay by Photographer Jim Krantz. For those of you unfamiliar with the Chernobyl disaster, it was what is considered one of the worlds worst nuclear power plant accidents. Back in 1986, there was a reactor meltdown and the power plant caught fire which sent a plume of nuclear smoke over large parts of Northern, Southern and Eastern Europe as well as the Soviet Union. 60% of the fall out landed in Belarus. As you can imagine this caused a major evacuation and deterioration of the civilization. Chernobyl Ukraine is now considered one of the most radioactive places on the planet.

Although the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and certain limited areas remain off limits, the majority of affected areas are now considered safe for settlement and economic activity, however due to the fear of exposure those areas remain nearly desolate.

Vice also did an awesomely entertaining piece in The Vice Guide to Travel on the radioactive land of Chernobyl…watch it below.

Jeff Brushie On VBS TV

Our friends at Vice featured the one and only Jeff Brushie on their Powder & Rails series. The episodes are packed with pictures from Trevor’s history. There are two more episodes coming up next monday and tuesday so keep your eyes peeled, the next two promise even more entertainment.

Vice Photo Annual Review

So, I’ve been stewing over this Vice photo annual for a week or so. Not quite sure what to write. I was slightly disappointed to see the number of hyper-masculine images that graced the pages. I felt like there were an overwhelming number of McGinley nude hipster (no offense to McGinley’s beautiful work), meets American Apparel girls, meets the NRA.  One exception that I really appreciated was the Mary Ellen Mark interview. Her work has always intrigued me. Her photo essays are poignant and full of emotion. Vice focused on Streetwise, her photos of homeless kids in Seattle, but I’m partial to her images from Ward 81. We are famous in Oregon for Ken Kesey’s book ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST and it’s portrayal of the Oregon State Asylum. In 1975, Mark was assigned by a magazine to do a story on the making of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, shot on location at the Oregon State Hospital, a mental institution. While there, she met, briefly, the women of Ward 81. She later made them the subjects of her 1979 book Ward 81, where she lived and documented female patients. The work is disturbing, moving and haunting.