Michael Haritan, a Peters Township resident and professional photographer, went to the Ukraine in 2016 and 2018 to produce a photodocumentation of the abandoned city of Pripyat and the last remaining persons living in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone – the scene of the nuclear disaster in 1986.
Haritan will share his story and photos at Chernobyl: The World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster on Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Peters Township Public Library. Register to attend this program by calling 724.941.9430 #1.
This timeline presentation is a view of the catastrophe from its origins in the plant’s primitive design, careless management, and safety protocols, to the economic and political crisis the accident precipitated. Haritan recognized that the censored and forgotten stories had to be told. His personal photographs and video gives a haunting documentation of the nuclear reactor disaster site, the abandoned city of Pripyat, a psychiatric institution and orphanage. His talk will enlighten the audience with a rare view of not just a calamitous event, but a place and the people who once worked, lived and died.