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Besançon Photography Festival : Laurent Michelot : Chernobyl, journey into forbidden territory


The Besançon Photography Festival will be held until November 7th and will present around fifty exhibitions. We have chosen to feature the show of Laurent Michelot on Chernobyl.

Chernobyl is part of the history of the 20th century, of our history, of the popular subconscious. And beyond the historical fact, a stinging reminder that the power of atom, poorly controlled, can endanger humanity.

In 2014, photographer Laurent Michelot discovered Pripyat, which is located in the power plant’s exclusion zone. Inspired by the place, he has since patiently documented the silence of the ruins and returns regularly to the area to deliver a testimony of what this city is and was.


Born in 1973 in Nancy, Laurent Michelot has been dividing his time between France and Ukraine for two decades now.

After university studies in advertising communication and marketing in Besançon, he made his career in advertising: artistic director then creative director within various agencies, he will be in charge of communication campaigns of international scope, before joining the European institutions. , in Brussels.

He has been traveling to the forbidden zone of Chernobyl for many years, to document this timeless place.


On October 24 at 2pm, the Festival will host à conférence with Laurent Michelot at the Kursaal, 2 Place du Théâtre in Besançon. Tchernobyl, voyage en territoire interdit



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