Igor Kostin


Age: 78

Summary: Ukrainian photographer who took one of the first pictures of the ravaged Chernobyl nuclear plant after it exploded in 1986 when he and two other photographers flew over the nuclear power plant in a helicopter within hours of the Chernobyl explosion on April 26, 1986 as the high radiation ruined all of his pictures except for one and that shot of the destroyed reactor remains one of the defining images of the disaster, but who repeatedly returned to the contaminated zone to document the cleanup efforts over the ensuing months and years.

Cause of Death: Car accident

Born: December 27, 1936

Died: June 9, 2015

Kiev, Ukraine