Chernobyl by Peter Untermaierhofer

Peter Untermaierhofer is one of the best-known German actors in the field of lost places photography. His motifs are places and structures built by people, but abandoned and abandoned over time.

In today’s ghost town of Prypjat, Untermaierhofer photographed scenes that capture the morbid atmosphere on site in a fascinating way and thus document the destruction and decay caused by the reactor catastrophe in 1986. In his portfolio you can expect insights into the photographic work in abandoned places as well as an exciting and impressive travel report about the Chernobyl exclusion zone.

Peter Untermaierhofer photographs “Lost Places” – places and structures built by people but abandoned and abandoned over time. His Chernobyl pictures were taken in 2017 in the Chernobyl exclusion zone.

Peter Untermaierhofer

Born in Eggenfelden in 1983, Peter Untermaierhofer studied media technology at the TH Deggendorf and then photography at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. He lives and works in the Munich area.



The reactor catastrophe that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant – not far from the Ukrainian city of Prypyat – is one of the most serious civil nuclear catastrophes that has occurred to date.

Since then, most of the area around the former nuclear power plant has been abandoned and it has become one of the best known lost places in Europe.

The documentation of architecture, landscape, and interior spaces, which develop a special charisma through their morbid appearance, are the focus of his works.

Peter Untermaierhofer’s photographs were taken in 2017 in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. A documentation of architecture, landscape and interior spaces, which has a special charisma through its morbid appearance.

Current exhibition Chernobyl

bosco, Bürger- und Kulturhaus Gauting, Oberer Kirchenweg 1 , 82131 Gauting bei München

Current exhibition Lost Places

Haus der Fotografie Dr. Robert-Gerlich-Museum, Burg 1, 84489 Burghausen, Bayern

Exhibitions (last and upcoming)

19/09/2019 – 15/12/2019
Lost Places – Chernobyl/Tschernobyl
Theaterforum Gauting e.V.c/o bosco, Bürger- und Kulturhaus Gauting, Oberer Kirchenweg 1 | 82131 Gauting

20/09/2019 – 03/11/2019
Lost Places Part I & Part II
Haus der Fotografie Burghausen, Dr. Robert-Gerlich-Museum, Burg 1, 84489 Burghausen

Lost Places
Hotel Palace Berlin am Kurfürstendamm, Budapester Str. 45, 10787 Berlin
more information soon

01/2020 – 02/2020
Lost Places – Verlassene Orte – Part II
Gallery for Contemporary Photography – Ingo Seufert, Munich

Frühjahr / Spring 2020
Lost Places
Stadtkunst Regensburg, Prüfeninger Str. 30, 93049 Regensburg

02/04/2020 – 28/06/2020
Lost Places – Verlassene Orte – Part I
AWO Kulturhaus Babelsberg, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 135, 14482 Potsdam

Photograph Lost Places

In his artfully and precisely composed pictures, Peter Untermaierhofer portrays abandoned places beyond any Lost Places cliché. He leads through the vastness of the architecture to the details of the textures with light and purposefully set colours, thus opening up resonant spaces for the viewer’s imagination. In this book Peter Untermaierhofer shows you how he arrives at his pictures. He explains which equipment you need and what you need to consider when preparing and shooting on site. You will learn to master the typical challenges such as falling lines, great brightness dynamics and the presentation of the finest details. In addition Untermaierhofer will explain advanced techniques for processing, with which you can specifically underline the effect and message of your pictures. order here

Lost Places in the Ruhr Area

The Ruhr has always held a prominent position in German industrial history. In the 19th century, it developed into the biggest coal and steel producing area in Germany. Coal and steel shaped the landscape, and winding towers and blast furnaces dominated the views. Now, years or even decades after the collieries, steelworks and coking plants closed down, Peter Untermaierhofer has taken photographs of the coalfield in his search for dilapidation, for the “Lost Places” of the Ruhr region. But decline certainly does not dominate everywhere: landmarks have been preserved, as the preservation of industrial culture has taken on great importance.

A volume of artistic photographs has been created that shows the decline of the typical coalfield image of the Ruhr, but also does not try to hide current redevelopments and future prospects. order here


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