10 Most Powerful Photo Essays about Nuclear Power Plants


World would have been a much better place to live without Nuclear power and this clause becomes very much an unidentified dream as we go through some of the photo-stories here. Why does that happen in first place, the need for erecting a nuclear power plant at the cost of some lives doesn’t make sense, and why do politicians strive their forces hard in establishing such a project in first place. These are some of the unanswerable questions which will always remain that way. Coming back to the pictures and photo-stories here, they are significant examples of what have went wrong in employing these plants over the global atmosphere.

We need to start thinking for the effects they keep implementing onto our human race. These pictures and stories are more than signatures of what has happened in the near past and we the onlookers should pretty much seek truth and open up our minds in protecting the serene world, if at all to make it exist.

Chernobyl Legacy by Paul Fusco

Over twenty years have passed since the meltdown at Chernobyl. Paul Fusco faces the dark legacy of the modern technological nightmare that continues to plague those exposed to its destructive radiation.

© Paul Fusco


Under a Nuclear Cloud by Ed Ou

A powerful photo documentary on the lives of people affected by Nuclear cloud in Kazakhstan. It is disheartening and cursing to see such painful photographs of the affected people. The conditions are high drama and makes us want to support them by any means possible.

Under a Nuclear Cloud by Ed Ou
© Ed Ou


Chernobyl disaster 25th anniversary

Some 27 years ago, in Ukraine a Chernobyl explosion has been the root cause for the largest civil disaster in our history leading to mass evacuations and large distress in almost everything. In addition to these, there are two photographers who has documented the entire tragedy through some stark photographs

Chernobyl disaster 25th anniversary
© Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images


Jadugoda – The Nuclear Graveyard by Chinky Shukla

Again in Jadugoda, situated in the eastern province of Jharkhand shows us more brutal examples of what should not be happening. This small township is a place for finest uranium ore, magnesium diuranate and the rest become hard to digest as we go through these pictures.

Jadugoda – The Nuclear Graveyard by Chinky Shukla
© Chinky Shukla


Images Released of the Tsunami Striking Fukushima

A Nuclear Power Plant is hit by Tsunami and this could be happening in the wildest of possible probabilities. This story takes us through the major events happened in connection with this tragedy.

Images Released of the Tsunami Striking Fukushima
© Tokyo Electric Power Co / HO / Reuters


Japan’s nuclear exclusion zone

What does a entire city look like after mass evacuations due to nuclear tragedy, what about the numerous abodes men have created over the years, schools and food all waiting to be taken away by monstrous time.

Japan’s nuclear exclusion zone
© David Guttenfelder / National Geographic Magazine


Google Maps a Japanese Nuclear Ghost Town

Yet another documentary story on the Fukushima nuclear plant, this story concerning much deeper into the lives of people who have abandoned everything in the city. 21,000 people who have lost their homes and valuable lives.

Google Maps a Japanese Nuclear Ghost Town
© Google, Inc


Koodankulam: A Nuclear Plant in My Backyard by Amritharaj Stephen

A strong narration by the photographer, who hails to have born near in the township of nuclear plant. This story shows us the basic reason these villagers put up against the state government, their vows and concerns regarding the plant looks strong.

Koodankulam: A Nuclear Plant in My Backyard by Amritharaj Stephen
© Amritharaj Stephen


Gerd Ludwig’s ‘Long Shadow of Chernobyl’ project

Done by renowned photojournalist Gerd Ludwig, this story shows us the aftermath of what shouldn’t have happen in first place. Over the course of several trips to the site and the region for National Geographic Magazine in 1993, 2005, and 2011, Ludwig has amassed a documentary record of a people and a place irreparably altered by a tragic accident. 

Gerd Ludwig's 'Long Shadow of Chernobyl' project
© Gerd Ludwig/INSTITUTE


Bad Dream “Atomic nightmare” by Shin Yahiro

Nuclear Power plant are said to envelope bright future within the human race, but that hasn’t been the case so far and this documentary based on the Fukushima power plant is no different either.

Bad Dream "Atomic nightmare" by Shin Yahiro
© Shin Yahiro

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Discussion4 Comments

  1. Still NPP is required to meet future demand and these impacts are not an icon which lead to protest against NPP.

    • we must no justify NPP as essential ,if available sources are conserved with at most attention wonders can be produced. Even all developed countries are closing their NPP one by one not because they have fully satisfied their necessity. but considering future and safety concerns off-course we are acting market to those countries very well …

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