The Town that Chernobyl Couldn't Kill

#Photography

Mon, May 9th, 2011 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

The New York Times' Lens Blog has this photo gallery of an Ukranian town near Chernobyl by photojournalist Diana Markosian. The fascinating thing about this town is that, out of the original 1000 residents, only five families remain. The rest evacuated after the disaster 25 years ago.

But life can be grim and lonely. Twenty-five years ago, Ms. Masanovitz was a nurse. Her husband was a farmer on a collective farm. Now he spends his time drinking.

While she was photographing the couple one day, Ms. Markosian watched as Ms. Masanovitz picked up the phone in astonishment. It was the first time it had worked in a year.

You can see more photos directly on Diana Markosian's website. The above image is courtesy of the photographer.

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