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From Trinity to Fukushima and Beyond : New Approaches to Nuclear Culture and the Nuclear Arts in the 20th and 21st Century


This is the site of the world’s first nuclear explosion.  It occurred on July 16, 1945, at 5:29:45 a.m. Mountain War Time on the Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range of the White Sands Proving Ground in the Jornada del Muerto desert in New Mexico.  The 20 kiloton “Trinity” explosion was the birth of the Atomic Age.

Peter Goin: This is the site of the world’s first nuclear explosion. It occurred on July 16, 1945, at 5:29:45 a.m. Mountain War Time on the Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range of the White Sands Proving Ground in the Jornada del Muerto desert in New Mexico. The 20 kiloton “Trinity” explosion was the birth of the Atomic Age.

Graduate and Emerging Scholars Symposium From Trinity to Fukushima and Beyond

Saturday March 10, 2016 University of Montreal

Organizing Committee : Amandine Davre, Livia Monnet, Suzanne Paquet, Mathieu Li-Goyette.

For information on the conference contact Livia Monnet


Conference keynote speaker Robert Del Tredici is a photographer and writer whose first encounter with the nuclear age occurred while documenting the 1979 reactor melt-down at Three Mile Island. He next travelled to Hiroshima and Nagasaki to meet and photograph survivors of the first atomic bombs. This was preparation for a six- year endeavour to document all twelve of the H-bomb factories throughout the United States. Along the way, he interviewed nuclear pioneers, atomic workers, radiation victims, and activists. He then tracked the Soviet Bomb, the attempted cleanup of the US nuclear weapons complex, Canadian uranium mines, and the site of the world’s oldest and largest uranium refinery, Port Hope, Ontario. He has published five books of photographs and text on the nuclear age.

His keynote presentation at the Nuclear Arts Conference will explore the concept of the Nuclear Uncanny — those shape-shifting, fleeting, everlasting, invisible, contradictory materials, energies, perceptions, and anxieties that permeate the nuclear age yet continually evade our grasp.  Del Tredici believes that the Nuclear Uncanny can be best captured in art.


Recent debates on the Anthropocene have proposed July 16, 1945 – the date of the Trinity nuclear test conducted in the Jornada del Muerto desert in New Mexico – as the official beginning of this human-induced geologic era. The Nuclear Age has produced a rich archive of nuclear-themed works and representations spanning all genres – post-apocalyptic dystopia, fantasy, horror, comedy, mystery fiction — and all media platforms, from the visual arts, literature, cinema, and television to comics, graphic novels, manga, and video games.

This graduate-and-emerging-scholars symposium proposes to examine some of the productions and mutations of the nuclear arts and cultures in the 20th and 21 centuries. The primary objective of the symposium is to establish a transnational network of young researchers and emerging scholars (MA, doctoral and postdoctoral students, junior scholars) working on the nuclear arts and nuclear culture in the US, Japan, India, France, UK, Germany, Australia, South and North Korea, China, Russia and elsewhere. The symposium also seeks to explore new approaches, theories, and methodologies for the analysis, interpretation, and reimagining of the global nuclear ecology in the arts and in popular culture – in particular in the current, post-Fukushima context when the danger of other nuclear accidents, and of nuclear proliferation in Asia seems imminent.

“Nuclear Families: From Trinity to Nagasaki”


Society for Photographic Education 2017 National Conference

Atomic Tourist: Kate

Atomic Tourist: Kate Henning, Santiago, California, 2014


Speakers: Claude Baillargeon, Mary Kavanagh, Mark Klett, and Katy McCormick (P)

Saturday, March 11 – 9:00AM to 10:45AM
Orange EF

The concept of the nuclear family can be understood metaphorically with reference to the atomic age, which intrinsically connects humanity as a transglobal family. This panel focuses on three early milestones. Joining 5,000 pilgrims to the Trinity Site, Mary Kavanagh explores the global phenomenon of nuclear tourism and the anxieties of the new age. The crumbling facilities of Utah’s Wendover Airfield, where the Enola Gay prepared for its combat mission, are the subject of Mark Klett’s plea for historic preservation. Haunted by the gaze of a Nagasaki teenager suffering catastrophic burns, Katy McCormick grapples with the ethics of hibakusha photography.

SPE site

Photographing the Nuclear Body


Maids of Muslyumovo, Chelyabinsk, Russia

Maids of Muslyumovo, Chelyabinsk, Russia

Photographer and Film Studies teacher Robert Del Tredici with curator John O’Brian will present images on the nuclear age at the Jarislowsky Institute (3rd floor, EV Bldg) on 16 February 2017, at 4:00 pm after a 2:00 tour of the Center for Contemporary Architecture exhibition “It’s All Happening So Fast.”

More information: https://www.concordia.ca/finearts/cinema/cunews/finearts/cinema/film-studies/2017/02/photographing-the-nuclear-body.html

Contact email: Marthalangford@sympatico.ca

elin o’Hara slavick: Illuminated Artifacts


Atomic Mask, cyanotype (sunprint) of a fragment of a steel beam from the A-Bomb Peace Dome, from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum archives, Hiroshima, Japan, 2008

Atomic Mask, cyanotype (sunprint) of a fragment of a steel beam from the A-Bomb Peace Dome, from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum archives, Hiroshima, Japan, 2008

Art Exhibit: elin o’Hara slavick: Illuminated Artifacts

January 9 – February 3, 2017

Wilson Hall/Staniar Gallery

Using alternative photographic processes such as 19th century techniques and contemporary digital technology, elin o’Hara slavick’s conceptual practice revolves around the idea of making visible what we often do not see.  This exhibition features photographic works from After Hiroshima, images of A-Bombed artifacts made in Japan, and Found Walking, an ongoing series based on objects collected on meditative walks.  Both bodies of work are records of loss and hope, decay and survival, revealing the effects of time and the spectacular beauty of mundane things.  An activist, educator, mother, poet, critic, curator and artist, slavick never separates form from function, theory from practice, or utopian concept from material reality.  She is a Distinguished Professor at UNC, Chapel Hill, where she built the photography program.  Her work has been exhibited internationally and she is the author/artist of two monographs – Bomb After Bomb: A Violent Cartography (Charta 2007) with a foreword by Howard Zinn and essay by Carol Mavor and After Hiroshima (Daylight, 2014) with an essay by James Elkins.


The APG welcomes Terry Ownby.


Terry OwnbyTE and TE Support Truck, Malmstrom AFB, Montana is associate professor of photo media, photo history, and visual culture at Idaho State University, USA. He holds a PhD in visual media studies, MA in media communication, and a BS in media/photography. His photography has been exhibited on the west and east coasts, along with numerous venues in the heartland. He has presented his research in Europe and the Middle East, with manuscripts in the library collections at Yale University. He is also a retired military veteran with nearly 23 years of service.

It’s All Happening So Fast: a Counter-History of the Modern Canadian Environment


L Plutonium Production Reactor, Savannah River Site

L Plutonium Production Reactor, Savannah River Site

Canadian Center for Architecture, 1920 rue Baile. Vernissage: 7:00 pm
November 16 to April 9, 2017.

A thought-provoking group exhibition providing a critical review of Canada’s policies on environmental issues.

Photographer Robert Del Tredici has 9 large photographic prints in the nuclear section of the show. Entitled “Glimpses of Nuclear Ontario”, his images depict nuclear reactors, uranium processing facilities, and nuclear waste sites throughout Ontario, with a special emphasis on the town of Port Hope one hour east of Toronto.

In addition to teaching The History of Animated Film at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Robert Del Tredici has been engaged in documenting the nuclear age. He has exhibited widely and produced five books of photos and text on the US nuclear weapons complex and the accident at Three Mile Island. He has documented protests, test sites, waste sites, nuclear pioneers, down-winders, and nuclear commemorations in Hiroshima, Russia, Kazakhstan, the USA, and across Canada. He has of late been particularly interested in the charming town of Port Hope (population 18,000), which hosts one of the oldest and largest uranium processing plants in the world. Over time the town has become contaminated with radioactive materials from routine operations from the uranium plant, as well as from materials dumped in ditches, used as fill, and released into nearby Lake Ontario. Port Hope is currently engaged in a $1.2 billion radioactive cleanup – the biggest municipal cleanup in Canadian history. Del Tredici has made many trips to Port Hope; his images of the town at the Center for Architecture provide a glimpse of the elusive issues at play in slow-motion in Canada’s most nuclear town and province.


The APG welcomes new members Takashi Arai and Gordon Belray


The APG has recently invited two new members to the Guild, Takashi Arai and Gordon Belray.

2013年3月12日、常円寺住職・阿部光裕と私有地に集められた汚染土、福島市山口 March 12, 2013. Koyu Abe, chief priest of Joen Temple, and barrels of radioactive soil stored in his private propaty, Yamaguchi, Fukushima

March 12, 2013. Koyu Abe, chief priest of Joen Temple, and barrels of radioactive soil stored in his private property, Yamaguchi, Fukushima


Takashi Aria has been using the classical photographic process of daguerrotypes since 2010 to record nuclear issues, which he finds far better for recording and transmitting interactions with his subjects than modern photography and which is evocative of the earliest photographs of Japan. Arai’s work has appeared in numerous exhibitions, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mori Art Museum, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, among other international venues.

La Jornada del Muerto

La Jornada del Muerto




Gordon Belray
has been working with lens based archives since 2011 to create large narrative tableaux from hundreds of film stills and photographs reminiscent of history paintings. His image of the Trinity test, La Jornada del Muerto will be published this Spring by Manifest Gallery’s international annual on photography.

Semipalatinsk nuclear weapon testing area closed 25 years ago today


It is exactly twenty-five years to the day of the signing of the presidential decree ordering the unconditional closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear weapon testing area. Nursultan Nazarbaev, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan signed the decree into law on August 29, 1991. 

A copy of that decree is provided in Juri Kuidin’s book Nuclear Tragedy of Kazakhstan.

Closure of Semipalatinsk

The Legacy of the Nuclear Age


Annie’s Fury“Annie’s Fury” David Wargowski 2016

The Nuclear Forum of the World Social Forum presents a photographic exhibition by Robert Del Tredici and The Atomic Photographers Guild, The Legacy of the Nuclear Age.

Monday August 8
Tuesday August 9

ESG UQAM Bldg / Room R-M140
315 St Catherine East

Wednesday August 10
Thursday August 11
Friday August 12

University / McConnell Engineering Bldg, Room 12
3484 University

Nuclear Imaging


The Bendigo Magazine (Victoria, Australia) interviewed APG-er Jessie Boylan about her work. You can read it here: Nuclear Imaging – Bendigo Mag – Autumn 2016


“Sixty years after the black mist rained on Maralinga burning people and country, Australia’s nuclear history is being made visible through art.”
Writer: Sarah Harris – Photographer: David Field

“Jessie Boylan may just be proof of the adage that activists and artists are born rather than made, entering the world under not so much a star sign as a mushroom cloud of Cold War hostilities.
The global nuclear arsenal reached its peak of 65,056 weapons in her birth year when she was delivered of a pregnancy literally book-ended by the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior and the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown.
Now aged 30, the multi award-winning photomedia artist finds herself at the forefront of documenting the Australian anti-nuclear movement with its inextricable threads to war, mining, social and environmental justice as the Doomsday clock, once again, shows three minutes to midnight.
The Castlemaine-based mum-of-two is one of more than 36 (indigenous and non-indigenous) artists and two locals (the other, Montalto Sculpture Prize-winning master founder Craig MacDonald) whose works will feature in a major two-year national touring exhibition to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the atomic test series at Maralinga in South Australia, starting in September.
Black Mist Burnt Country spans seven nuclear decades from the apocalyptic bombing of Hiroshima, the post-war testing in the central desert, through the protests against Pacific testing in the ‘80s to the present day…”