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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 bulletin.org/2013/november/nuclear-photography-making-invisible-visible  

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.

Clicking on each page will enlarge the typeface to a readable size. (I hope.)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Today is the anniversary of the first nuclear test in Nevada, January 27, 1951.

Please scroll down to an essay titled "Thank you, Mr. Avedon"
to read about some of my experiences living downwind 
for nearly a decade
while reporting on the health effects of these tests in the West.


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Behind the Atom Curtain: Life and Death in the Nuclear Age

Exhibition of photographs from "American Ground Zero: The Secret Nuclear War," shown at the Rocky Flats Cold War Museum from September 28 through December 15, 2012, as part of this full-scale exhibit of the Atomic Photographers Guild this year.