After Chernobyl, the images of photojournalist Michael Forster Rothbart

University of Wisconsin-Madison's Ebling Library and the UW Health Art Department presents: After Chernobyl, the images of photojournalist Michael Forster Rothbart. Along with the evocative photos of people, buildings, animals and the denuded and recovering landscape, Michael offers a cohesive narrative, consisting of a single description on each photo panel, chronicling life in post nuclear accident Chernobyl.


Forster Rothbart spent two years in Chernobyl interviewing and photographing the residents of the area. His photos evoke a strong connection between photographer and subject, whether inanimate or human. In contrast to the provocative promotional image, the majority of the photographs instill a sense of forward movement, of honoring the past (Chernobyl’s accident was in 1986) and then profiling the capable, problematic existence in Chenobyl and the surrounding towns, cities and villages.


After Chernobyl opened on June 14 and goes until August 31st, 2013. The installation hangs in Ebling’s 3rd floor galleries, just up the stairs in the 3rd floor landing, and all along the group study room on the south side of the 3rd floor.
Also come see the complementary historical exhibit, Fallout: The Mixed Blessing of Radiation & the Public Health, in Ebling’s 3rd floor Historical Reading Room until the end of August. The exhibits are open when Ebling is open.