Monday, January 27, 2014

Art and Destruction: Making the Invisible Visible




On the anniversary of the first atmospheric nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site in 1951, I am publishing this essay in honor of the downwinders, atomic veterans, and test site workers who became ill, or lost their lives, as a result of this horrific program to detonate nuclear weapons in the open air without ever thinking or caring about who would suffer as a result. 

"I never gave it a thought." - nuclear weapons engineer Theodore B. Taylor

Art and Destruction: Making the Invisible Visible
Copyright Carole Gallagher 2013, all rights reserved.

A feature of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 
Issue 34-38, November/December 2013

This essay was selected by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists as one of the seven most important reads about nuclear weapons published in 2013.

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DOI: 10.1177/0096340213508625

Published as "Nuclear photography: Making the invisible visible" by Carole Gallagher. http://the  

A documentary photographer, Gallagher spent a decade capturing the lives of those who lived downwind of the nuclear tests conducted at the Nevada Test Site, beginning on January 27, 1951. In this essay, a part of the Bulletin's special issue on art, destruction, and the Doomsday Clock, she explored whether nuclear catastrophe is beyond the reach of art.

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