October 20, 2003

Through the Lens, the Severe Beauty of Nuclear Test Blasts


In a new book, "100 Suns," published this week by Knopf, the photographer Michael Light has retrieved images of these blasts from government and scientific archives and presented them in all their stark and severe beauty. They document a menace that continues even though we can no longer photograph it.

As Mr. Light reminds us, some hundred thousand nuclear weapons have been built and remain on the earth. That is what makes these old photographs "utterly relevant" today.[New York Times: Science]

Posted by Vanderleun at October 20, 2003 10:33 PM
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