A DEAD area extending 30km in all directions from the destroyed plant is officially called the "zone of alienation
Perhaps the mostly quietly compelling series is Azerbaijani photographer Rena Effendi's "Still Life in the Zone." The clever wordplay in the title suggests the photographs are still lifes, taken in and around the homes of the 200-odd people -- mostly old ladies -- who live inside the Zone of Alienation
surrounding Chernobyl's former nuclear plant.
To this day, 25 years after Chernobyl exploded, the town itself and nearby city of Pripyat remain abandoned, part of a huge zone of alienation
in northern Ukraine where human beings can no longer live.