The fourth reactor of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded at 01.23 in the midnight of 26 April 1986. For Pripyat residents, the noise was only as loud as a stroke of a lightning far away. The explosion wasn’t heard by the people who were sleeping. After getting to the fire in a small scale, the firefighter teams got the situation under control without difficulty. However, when they thought everything was over, they couldn’t believe their eyes. There was a huge hole in the roof of the 4th unit of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. They didn’t want to imagine what this could mean. In a few days, the city was going to be evacuated, and all villages in the thirty kilometers radius was going to be vacated. Today, only scientists and security officers, who work interchangeably, and some villagers, who returned their homes by risking all health issues, live in the forbidden zone
He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1979. He graduated from the Photography Department of Viborg Media Schools in 2002. After working as a freelance photographer for Skylife and Atlas magazines, he performed as a photo editor. He worked as editorial director in Atlas magazine between 2014 and 2017. Çakmak’s photos, which are represented abroad by Anzenberger Agency based in Austria, are published in so many magazines and newspapers such as Geo, Der Spiegel, DieZeit, The Financial Times and Ogoniok. Been included in the embassy program as one of the “Explorers” of Canon Europe, Çakmak took the third place in the AB reflections category of 2015 Turkey Press Photography contest. He is also the photographer of “Gözün İsyanı Gezi” (Riot of Eye; Gezi) book. He is the editor and presenter of the discussion program on photography, “Göz Kararı”, broadcasted in Medyascope.