This Photo Series Traces the History of Nuclear Bombs

By: Christopher Magsambol - Oct 9, 2015
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John O'Brian curated a collection of nuclear energy and bomb photography that documents the strange history of the devastating weapon. O'Brian notes that photography played an important role in the development of nuclear bombs and came across numerous images of curious individuals, bomb testing sessions, protests and even bomb shelter viewings.

The photographs were important for scientists who could examine and record their work and were used to garner public support for nuclear testing. In the late 40s, Hollywood production companies were hired to photograph and document the process which created cinematic depictions of the horribly dangerous weapon. Other images however, attempt to expose the dangerous effects of nuclear testing, including photographs of areas with devastation and disaster.