About the book
Bound to the Ground consists of three sections. In the first section the reader enters the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and meets the self-settlers who live there and grow their crops on the contaminated land. The second section of the book looks back on the disaster and the abandoned city Pripyat with a text of Alexander Münninghoff. The last section is about the new ‘city of the future’ Slavutych and the people that still work in the nuclear reactor every day.
About Esther Hessing
Esther Hessing (1970) is a Dutch photographer best known for her social landscapes. To preserve stories about people’s lives in specific places and circumstances is the main reason for her being a photographer. By photographing from a distant viewpoint she aims to convey stories in full context. The carefully chosen compositions are an important feature of her work. She graduated Cum Laude from the Photo Academy in Rotterdam.