– Sold Out

John Darwell
photographs from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone


The sun is shining, the weather hot. It’s a beautiful, almost perfect day! You drive for hours along endless roads surrounded by rich forests, past affluent looking farms, quaint villages and even cities. Everywhere is peace and quiet. But then you notice the emptiness – no animals in the fields, no children playing, no-one anywhere. Everyone has gone – removed by government decree – to escape an invisible yet deadly presence.

This is the exclusion zone around Chernobyl – a thirty kilometre area surrounding the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident. This is Legacy – a chilling and unforgettable reminder of our nuclear heritage and of the environmental and human tragedy that hit the Ukraine fifteen years ago in April 1986 and affected large parts of Europe.

John Darwell is one of the UK’s leading photographers and is particularly known for his work on post-industrialisation and the Nuclear Industry. He has exhibited widely both in Europe and the States and has published two books. 

54 pages, 36 photographs
235mm x 165 mm
ISBN: 1-899235-58-2

Supported by Northern Arts
& Carlisle City Council