An evening talk with Andrew Knight.
There is something deeply rooted in the human soul that draws us to sites of unimaginable disaster.
In the early hours of April 26, 1986, during a scheduled shutdown for routine maintenance, the night shift at Chernobyl’s reactor number four was left to carry out a test of safety.
Within 40 seconds a power surge severely overheated the reactor, rupturing some of the fuel assemblies, setting off two explosions. The asphalt roof of the plant began to burn, and, much more threatening, so did the graphite blocks that made up the reactors core. A plume of smoke and radioactive debris rose high into the atmosphere, bearing north toward Belarus and Scandinavia. Within days the fallout had spread across most of Europe.
32 years later, drawn to Chernobyl, retired police detective and photographer Andrew Knight has captured the sudden evacuation of the city, a time capsule of political and environmental history.
Join us for an evening of stunning photography, history and insight from our guest speaker, Andrew Knight.