Oleg Maštruko - Photographer and Author

Without People

Photographs of abandoned and dehumanized places all over the world

"A" street (street named "A"), Boston


House of culture Energetik in Pripyat, Chernobyl Zone of Exclusion. This square and this building are main parts of the central complex in the city


Abandoned Cold War NSA listening post, Teufelsberg hill near Berlin


Rummu, Estonia, abandoned Soviet prison and forced labour quarry. When the mining stopped, quarry filled with underground water that is exceptionally clear, flooding houses and other structures


Child-sized gas masks in elementary school, Pripyat, Chernobyl Zone of Exclusion. Schools had masks prepared for emergency, but when the nuclear incident actually happened masks were not given out to kids to avoid spreading panic before and during the evacuation. So, they ended up unused...


Old car and petrol pump, Nevada, USA


Rhyolite, Nevada, long abandoned general store


Yanov railway station, Chernobyl Zone of Exclusion, with passenger trains frozen in time, as they were on 26th April 1986...


Spring in full swing in one of the depopulated villages in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone


Steppe giving way to desert, Betpaq Dala, Kazakhstan


Runway 14L - you can still see the wording on the asphalt - belonging to the abandoned Yugoslav Army airbase Zeljava on the border between Croatia and Bosnia. Zeljava airbase was massive with no less than 5 runways; what makes the base unique, however, was not what’s seen on the outside, rather what’s built into the side of the mountain Plješivica, seen on the right side od this photo. Tunnel complex was capable of housing and autonomously operating three Yugoslav Airforce fighter/recon squadrons, some 60 aircraft in total.

Storage facilities, aircraft hangars, fuel tanks, workshops, housing areas for airforce personnel - it’s all built under the mountain, a massive complex, probably the largest of its kind in Europe, and one of the largest in the world


Detail from a abandoned Soviet observatory in Tien Shan mountains (~3000 meters, with peaks in the background going well above 4000)


This is just a small sample of photographs from the book, with very short, basic captions. Captions, or stories accompanying the photographs in the book are much more substantial.

If you like what you see, consider buying the book. 83 photos, 22 x 22 cm, 8,5 x 8,5" Foreword by Bill McKibben and Ivan Salecic.

Without People on Amazon

Without People on Indiegogo - original campaign page for Without People, it can still be used to order the book.

Large format canvas prints are available on Crated.

All photos: Copyright Oleg Mastruko. Don't use without written permission.

Photo Projects: Without People / Expiations / Sea Dust Air (work in progress)

Travel projects: Pamir / Lost Kingdom /// Bio + Contact

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