Photographer Igor Kostin Dies

78-year-old photographer died in a car accident

On Thursday, June 11th, Igor Kostin died in a car accident in Kiev. The news was posted on Twitter by his colleague Pavel Bednyakov. Later the news was confirmed by Kostin’s wife.

During his professional career he received the World Press Photo Award, Golden Eye Award, and a prize from the National Association of Professional Reporters of the USA. He became famous after a series featuring the Chernobyl accident. Kostin was one of the first who went to the place of explosion and was the only one who came close enough to document the destroyed reactor. While covering the accident he received high dose of radiation and undertook treatment in Moscow, Kiev and Hiroshima.


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