Haunting Photos of What Remains of Chernobyl

Romain Thiery's photographs of the aftermath, taken thirty-plus years later, show the ongoing decay of the area.

French pianist and photographer Romain Thiery spent ten years traveling the world, shooting images for his “Requiem pour pianos” series – a study of forgotten pianos in abandoned spaces. In 2017, his travels brought him to the exclusion zone of Chernobyl in Ukraine. “Within the site, and with the help of a private guide, I was able to photograph the pianos forgotten since the disaster,” he writes on Bored Panda. “I wanted to capture a story, to bring back to life this instrument in its environment.”

With that 1986 disaster back on our minds thanks to HBO’s acclaimed miniseries, Mr. Thiery has allowed us to share these vivid, shocking images of fallout and decay. To see more of his work, visit his site, or follow him on Instagram.

(Romain Thiery)