The White Angel / L'Ange Blanc (EN / FR)


The White Angel / L'Ange Blanc (EN / FR)


Slavutych is the youngest town in Ukraine. Located fifty kilometers from Chernobyl, it was built immediately after the nuclear disaster of 1986 in order to house workers sent
in to clear up the site. Photographer Niels Ackermann made numerous trips to the town between 2012 and 2015 to capture the life of their children, young people full of hopes and dreams. Remarkable in its closeness to its subject, his chronicle shows the lives of the young Yulia and her friends, from their drunken nights to their journeys to the reactor checkpoint, their flings, flirts and divorces, and the dreams despoiled by adult life. All beneath the gaze of the White Angel, the town’s symbol.

Born in 1987, Niels Ackermann shares his life between Ukraine and Switzerland. He works as a press photographer for Le Temps, Le Monde, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and is cofounder of the Lundi13 photography agency. His chronicle of Slavutych won the Globetrotter Prize in 2013, the jury and public prizes at Prix Photo, Zurich and the Prix Focale Ville de Nyon in 2015, and the Swiss Press Photo award for 2016.

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About the book

By Niels Ackermann (pictures), Gaetan Vannay (text) and Andrey Kurkov (forewords)

  • Pages: 180

  • Publisher: NOIR SUR BLANC (8 avril 2016)

  • Language: French or English

  • ISBN-10: 288250411X

  • ISBN-13: 978-2882504111

  • Size: 23 x 1,5 x 16,5 cm

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