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Semipalatinsk: the nuclear weapons crime

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    pierpaolo mittica
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    pierpaolo mittica

Today one of the most frightening threat are nuclear weapons. Many countries are on the verge of gaining nuclear weapons. The consequences of nuclear weapons tests are under our eyes: The Semipalatinsk Polygon, where 456 nuclear warheads were tested.
What happened it is one of the greatest crimes planned against humanity. The local population was used specifically as guinea pigs to understand the consequences of radiation on people.
Today the life for the local people goes on, struggling among the legacy of contamination that will remains, with its tremendous consequences, for millennia.

Dr. Pierpaolo Mittica, Italian humanist photographer, is an internationally recognized photographer and he is recipient of numerous awards. Currently he is represented by Trolley, Great Britain. He received the Masters Program at CRAF diploma in conservation, technique and history of photography in 1990, studying with Charles – Henri Favrod, Naomi Rosenblum and Walter Rosenblum, who is his spiritual father in photography. He photographed in Italy, China, Vietnam, Cuba, Bosnia, Kosovo. Serbia, Ukraine, Belarus, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Japan. His photographs were exhibited in all Europe and United States.

In 2006 the work “Chernobyl the hidden legacy” was selected by the Chernobyl National Museum of Kiev (Ukraine) for the official exhibition for the twentieth anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.

Permanent collections:

Auer collection, Hermance (Switzerland)

Favrod collection, Saint Prex (Switzerland)

Rosenblum collection, New York (USA)

Fratelli Alinari Museum, Florence (Italy)

Chernobyl National Museum, Kiev (The Ukraine)

Fotografiska Museum, Stockholm (Sweden)

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (USA).


“The Balkans, from Bosnia to Kosovo”, Interattiva, Italy 2000

“Chernobyl la herencia oculta”, Ellago ediciones, Spain 2006

“Chernobyl the hidden legacy”, Trolley LTD, Great Britain 2007

"Cip is not Afraid", CRO - CRAF, Italy 2010

"Chernobyl 20 years after", Kashiwa Shobo, Japan 2011

Awards 2013 Special Prize by Juries “Days Japan international Photojournalism Awards”

2013 Honorable mention "Fotovisura Grant 2013"

2013 Finalist "Eugene Smith Grant 2013"

2013 Honorable Mention "PX3 Prix de la Photographie 2013"

2014 Public Prize "Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards 2014"

2014 Finalist "Leica Oskar Barnack Awards"

2014 Honorable Mention "PX3 Prix de la Photographie 2014"

2014 Finalist "Pictures of the Year international" category Environmental Vision Award

2015 Finalist "Pictures of the Year international" category best photography book award

2015 Finalist "Gomma Grant 2015"

2015 Honorable Mention "PX3 Prix de la Photographie 2015"

2015 Honorable Mention "SIPA Awards"

2015 Finalist "Travel Photographer of the year 2015"

2016 Remarkable Awards "SIPA awards"

2016 Honorable mention "SDN visual stories exploring global themes"

2016 Finalist POY Pictures of the year international, category "Environmental Vision Award"

2017 "Earth Reporter of the year 2017" from Earth Day Italia, Bologna, Italy 2017

2017 Highly Commended "Travel Photographer of the Year 2017"

2018 Finalist "Gomma Grant 2018"

2019 Shortlisted "Alexia Foundation Grant 2019"

2020 Shortlisted "Sony World Photography Awards 2020" Environmental category

2020 Finalist "Pictures of The Year International" Environmental Vision Award category

2020 Award of Excellence "Pictures of The Year International" Science & Natural History—Picture Story category