Fukushima, the nuclear limbo

PhotographerPierpaolo Mittica
PrizeBook (series Only) / Documentary
Entry Description

I followed the Fukushima nuclear accident from the beginning till now, covering almost two years of the story. And here there is my story. On march 11, 2011 one of the worst earthquake and Tsunami hit Japan and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, damaging its safety and cooling systems. In a few days the core of the nuclear power plants number 1,2,3 started melting down with the release on air and on the ocean of massive amount of radioactive radionuclides The Japanese government created an evacuated area of 20 km around the nuclear power plant of Fukushima Daiichi. From 20th April the Japanese government refused the admittance to the “No-Go Zone” to everyone, especially to journalists and photographers. But… From the first days of July till now I went inside the No-Go Zone several times to document the situation. Inside the exclusion zone the contamination has a “leopard skin” distribution, as well as outside, where there are places heavily contaminated up to 60 kilometers from the plant, including parts of the cities of Fukushima and Koriyama. And in this area 2 million people live at risk of future disease caused by continuous exposure to low doses of radiation through inhalation and ingestion of radioactive particles. Despite the massive contamination, life is still going on in the "No-Go Zone" and in that sort of "nuclear limbo" that stretches for 40 kilometers outside the exclusion zone, where people do not know whether to stay and learn to live with radiation, or go away forever. The story is still ongoing and we will not know soon the real consequences of the second worst nuclear disaster ever happened.

About Photographer

Italian humanist photographer, is an internationally recognized photographer and he is recipient of numerous awards. Currently he is represented by Trolley, Great Britain. He received the Masters Program at CRAF diploma in conservation, technique and history of photography in 1990, studying with Charles â Henri Favrod, Naomi Rosenblum and Walter Rosenblum, who is his spiritual father in photography. His photographs were exhibited in all Europe and United States, In 2006 the work âChernobyl the hidden legacyâ was selected by the Chernobyl National Museum of Kiev (Ukraine) for the official exhibition for the twentieth anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Permanent collections: Auer collection, Hermance (Switzerland) Favrod collection, Saint Prex (Switzerland) Rosenblum collection, New York (USA) Fratelli Alinari Museum, Florence (Italy) Chernobyl National Museum, Kiev (The Ukraine) Fotografiska Museum, Stockholm (Sweden) J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (USA). Publications: âThe Balkans, from Bosnia to Kosovoâ, Interattiva, Italy 2000 âChernobyl the hidden legacyâ, Ellago ediciones, Spain 2006, Trolley LTD, Great Britain 2007, Kashiwa Shobo, Japan 2011 "Cip is not Afraid", CRO - CRAF, Italy 2010 Awards 2006 FVG Award 2009 Winner of the âEUIC International Photography Competitionâ 2010 Official selection winner for the âPaducah Photo '10 exhibitionâ at the Yeiser Art Center (USA) 2010 Pictures of the Year International: "Chernobyl The hidden legacy" book finalist in the category "best photography bookâ 2010 Honorable mention âDaylight/CDS Photo Awardsâ 2010 Second Place "Photo Aid Contest 2010" 2010 Honorable Mention âThe Robert Cornelius award 2010â 2010 Highly commended âDigital Photographer of the Year 2010â 2010 Highly commended âEnvironmental Photographer of the Year 2010â 2010 Highly commended âFCCT/OnAsia PHOTO CONTEST 2010â 2010 Second Place and 2 Gold Awards "European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2010" Reportage category 2010 finalist âWorldwide Photography Gala Award 2010â 2010 finalist âFEP European Photo Book Award 2010â 2010 Honorable mention âIPA International Photography Awardsâ category: âEditorial feature storyâ 2010 Honorable mention âPX3 Aftermarthâ category âphotojournalism/feature storiesâ 2011 finalist âKL International Photo Awards 2011â 2011 Third Prize "6th Annual Black and White Spider Awards 2011" category photojournalism 2011 official selection winner for the âPaducah Photo '11 exhibitionâ at the Yeiser Art Center (USA) 2011 Honorable mention âWPGA Black & White Competitionâ category âeditorial Photojournalismâ 2011 Gold medal in the category "book documentary" and Silver medal in the category "press feature story" at "PX3 prix de la photographie Paris 2011" 2011 Silver Award âEuropean Photographer of The Year 2011â Category Reportage 2011 Winner âWPGA Editorial Grant 2011â 2011 Honorable mention âWPGA Pollux Award 2011â category Humanitarian documentary 2011 Winner "Outdoor Photographer of the year 2011" Category "On the Streets"