June 26, 2021

Photographer Goes Inside Chernobyl to Document the Post-Meltdown Nuclear Power Plant [Interview]

On April 26, 1986, an uncontrollable nuclear reaction began in the No. 4 reactor of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in what was then the Soviet-controlled Ukrainian SSR. The meltdown quickly became the worst nuclear power disaster in history—only the Fukushima Daiichi disaster in Japan in 2011 would reach the same level of destruction and contamination. Today, the site sits within an exclusion zone of 19 miles in any direction.

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November 11, 2020

Legendary Photographer Steve McCurry on His Illustrious Career and New Book [Podcast]

On this week's Top Artist Podcast, we're thrilled to welcome legendary photographer Steve McCurry. From his years spent in conflict zones to his current travel photography, his skill at capturing global humanity is perhaps unmatched. To celebrate the upcoming publication of his book, In Search of Elsewhere, he chatted with us about his early career and what it's been like to dive into his photo archive over the past few years.

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May 3, 2020

Interview: An Intimate Look at Daily Life in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Chernobyl has remained a fascinating location for many creatives, who seek out this area for a glimpse of what remains decades after the nuclear tragedy of 1986. The devastating environmental and human impact of the disaster is still being felt today. This is particularly true for the samosely—people living in the Exclusion Zone who refused to evacuate or secretly resettled there—where every day is a reminder of what once was.

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March 1, 2020

Interview: Woman Spends Months in Siberia Documenting Lives of Nomadic Reindeer Herders

Documentary photographer Alegra Ally has dedicated her life to telling the stories of indigenous people around the world. Since she was a teenager, she has spent time with remote tribes in Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Namibia, and now Siberia. Thanks to a successful fundraising campaign on Kickstarter, Ally was able to journey to the Yamal Peninsula and join a family of nomadic reindeer herders as they made their annual winter migration.

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