This year’s Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo in Austria features two exhibits by photographer Gerd Ludwig, titled, “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl” and “Moscow – Winds of Change.” Beginning his career in Germany, Ludwig, who now resides in Los Angeles, is a documentary photographer focusing on environmental issues and the former Soviet Union. Both themes converge in his decades-long documents of the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster, ranging from images within the dilapidated, highly contaminated Reactor (having ventured deeper into the reactor than any Western still photographer), to disturbing images of abandoned dolls and gas masks, rearranged by tourists visiting the...
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