Jack Aeby,an American environmental physicist, took the only well-exposed color photograph of the first detonation of a nuclear weapon on July 16, 1945 at the Trinity nuclear test site in New Mexico.
Hidetsugu Aihara was part of a scientific team responsible for documenting the physical and biological devastation of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. was deeply involved in the production of the A-bomb documentary film Effects of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, shot in 1945.
Takashi Arai does not see daguerreotype as a nostalgic reproduction of a classical method; instead, he has made it his own personal medium, finding it a reliable device for storing memory that is far better for recording and transmitting interactions with his subjects than modern photography.
Toronto, ON, Canada
Gordon Belray is a visual artist from Toronto, Canada. He compiles historical narratives from lens-based archives using numerous manipulated stills and photographs aided by maps, street views and historical accounts.
Jessie Boylan is a photomedia artist based in Castlemaine, Victoria. She explores issues relating to human impacts on the land and communities in relation to environmental and social devastation – like nuclear testing, mining and war.
El Paso, NM, United States
Berlyn B. Brixner was an American photographer. He was the head photographer for the Trinity test, the first detonation of a nuclear weapon in July 1945.
Tucson, AZ, United States
Dan Budnik’s work as a photographer has covered more than a half-century. He is known for his photographs of artists, but also for his photo-documentation of the Civil Rights Movement and of Native Americans.
George Robert (Bob) Caron (October 31, 1919 – June 3, 1995) was the tail gunner aboard the B-29 Enola Gay during the historic bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945
Mesa, AZ, United States
Jame Crnkovich is a photojournalist who has chronicled the influence of nuclear weapons on the American psyche.
Loomis Dean was a veteran Life Magazine photographer who shot pictures of circus clowns, crown princes, celebrities, Madagascar lemurs, and SS Andrea Doria survivors in a five-decade long career.
France / United States
Delevingne has travelled and photographed extensively throughout the world. In his work, he’s sought a conscious merging of politics and art. Born in France, he was deeply impacted by the social and political unrest that occurred in Paris in 1968.
Max Desfor was a Pulitzer Prize winning American photographer who covered the Pacific and Korean wars.
Harold “Doc” Edgerton was an American scientist and researcher noted for creating high-speed photography techniques had a major role in photographing and recording nuclear tests for the US through the fifties and sixties for the Atomic Energy Commission.
Alfred Eisenstaedt was a German-born American photographer and photojournalist. He began his career in Germany prior to World War II but achieved prominence as a staff photographer for Life magazine after moving to the U.S.
J. R. Eyerman was an American photographer and photojournalist. He covered World War II for Life on the European and Pacific fronts and was one of the first to reach Hiroshima after the atomic bomb blast and later photographed nuclear test at the Nevada Testing Site.
Conifer, CO, United States
Carole Gallagher first began her odyssey on the nuclear trail on March 28, 1979, the day of the Three Mile Island accident. Noting beads of sweat on the brow of Walter Cronkite as he reported on it, she packed her car, ready to travel far from the potential plume that could soon have enveloped her home town, New York City.
Reno, NV, United States
Peter Goin, Foundation Professor, authored Tracing the Line: A Photographic Survey of the Mexican-American Border; Nuclear Landscapes; Stopping Time: A Rephotographic Survey of Lake Tahoe; and Humanature.In 2005, Peter Goins and Paul F. Starrs served as co-authors of Black Rock. Goin’s photographs have been exhibited in over fifty museums nationally and internationally, and he is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. He was awarded the Governor’s Millennium Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Charles P. Gorry was a news photographer who documented wars, the waning days of colonialism in Asia and many of the world’s leaders during his career with The Associated Press.
Emmet Gowin first gained attention in the 1970s with his intimate portraits of his wife and her family. Later he turned his attention to the landscapes of the American West, taking aerial photographs of places that had been changed by humans or nature, including the Hanford Site, Mount St. Helens, and the Nevada Test Site.
Shigeo Hayashi 林 重男 was a Japanese photographer with the Japanese magazine FRONT. In September 1945 he was one of two photographers assigned by the Special Committee for the Investigation of A-bomb Damage to document the aftermath of the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He took several panoramic series of the destruction.
Kenji Higuchi is the eldest son of a farmer; at the age of twenty-four he was moved to take up photography after viewing Robert Capa’s famous anti-war photos. As a well-known professor of photography at three institutions in Tokyo, and as a veteran instructor at the famous Nippon Photography Institute, Higuchi could have made life easy for himself, become comfortable, but the usual career ladder never attracted him.
Bernard Hoffman was an American photographer and documentary photographer.He is, perhaps, most known as the first American photographer on the ground at Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the atomic bomb was dropped in 1945, providing some harrowing glimpses into the destructive power of the bomb.
Cornelia Hesse-Honegger (1944 – ) is a Swiss Scientific illustrator and visual “knowledge artist”. Your Insect -Pictures been exhibited internationally in museums and galleries and blurs the border between art and science, presenting insects as a testimony to a beautiful and threatened world of life.
Akira Iwasaki was a prominent left-wing Japanese film critic, historian, and producer of two important, but ill-fated documentaries: The Effects of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which was confiscated by Occupation authorities, and The Japanese Tragedy.
Yotsugi Kawahara, a member of the photography team of the Army Marine Headquarters, revealed to the public in 1968 a handmade album “Photographs of the A-bomb Damage in Hiroshima” of 23 photographs he took showing the destruction that occurred on August 6, 1945.
Shunkichi Kikuchi was a Japanese photographer best known for his documentation of Hiroshima and Tokyo immediately after the war.
Gonichi Kimura, a member of the Army Photographers’ Team, photographed the mushroom cloud over Hiroshima about 15 minutes after the bombing, approximately. 4,000m from the hypocenter at the grounds of the Army Marine Training Division. Several of his photographs of Hibakusha literally a “person affected by a bomb”, have become iconic representations of the horrors of atomic warfare.
Nobuhiko Kodaira was a military technical captain and plant manager of a radio factory stationed at Kanawajima Island, Ujina who took several photographs of the Hiroshima mushroom cloud from 6.5km south-southeast from the hypocenter.
Republic of Moldova
Igor Fedorovich Kostin (27 December 1936 – 9 June 2015) was one of the five photographers in the world to take pictures of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster near Pripyat in Ukraine, on 26 April 1986. He was working for Novosti Press Agency (APN) as a photographer in Kiev, Ukraine, when he represented Novosti to cover the nuclear accident in Chernobyl.
Republic of Kazakhstan
It is largely thanks to Kuidin that the president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbaev, on August 29th, 1991, was forced to announce the closure of the Semipalatinsk Test Site. Kuidin had founded in 1990 the Phoenix Organization (Antinuclear Ecological Fund).
Albany, CA, United States
James Lerager is a social documentary photographer, author of the book ‘In The Shadow Of The Cloud: Photographs and Histories of America’s Atomic Veterans’ (Fulcrum Press, 1988), and the forthcoming books ‘Nuclear History – Nuclear Destiny’ and ‘Mexico: Portraits of Complexity.’ Penn State University Press published Paul Dosh and James’ book ‘Demanding the Land’ in 2010.
Charles Levy was a first lieutenant in the 393rd Bombardment Squadron of the 509th Composite Group. He served as a bombadier in the original crew of the Bockscar. Levy participated in the mission to drop the second atomic bomb. He flew in the Great Artiste, rather than Bockscar, because a complication with the flight equipment caused Colonel Tibbets to switch the crews of each plane. The Great Artiste provided instrument support during the flight to Nagasaki.
Hiromichi Matsuda was working as a photographic technician at Kawanami Shipyard and took the earliest known photographs from the ground of the Nagasaki mushroom cloud from the rooftop of the shipyard office on Koyagi-jima Island.
Eiichi Matsumoto was a photojournalist for the Asahi Shimbun newspaper, covering the firebombing of several Japanese cities and the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Wakaji Matsumoto was a studio photographer in Hiroshima whose pre-bomb panoramic photographs of Hiroshima and daily life were discovered in 2008.
Mitsuo Matsushige, a Hiroshima Prefecture employee and X-ray engineer, took several photographs of the Hiroshima bomb from 7000m from the hypocenter.
Yoshito Matsushige is best known for being the only person to capture an immediate, first-hand photographic historical account of the destruction of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.
United States, Japan
Lt. Col. Daniel A. McGovern directed the U.S. military film-makers documenting the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki from 1945-1946 with cameraman Akira Mimura, and kept copies of the classified Japanese footage for decades.
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
When I first photographed in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in 1994, I wasn’t sure what I’d find or if I’d be allowed to photograph freely. However, the trip proved highly productive and I was left feeling there was much more to see and photograph.
Carl Mydans was an American photographer who worked for the Farm Security Administration and Life magazine. He documented post-war Hiroshima and the relocation of the Marshallese people.
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Patrick Nagatani (1945-2017) was a professor emeritus in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of New Mexico. A major survey of his work from 1978-2008 opened at the UNM University Art Museum and the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. His book Desire for Magic has recently been published.
Satsuo Nakata (1920-1994), a reporter with the Osaka bureau of the Domei News Agency, came to Hiroshima on August 10, 1945. Thirty-two photos taken by him, including some of the city in ruins, have been found. Of those, at least three were published in various newspapers before the arrival of the U.S. occupation forces, telling of the destruction brought about by the atomic bombing.
Joe O’Donnell was an American military photographer, best known for documenting the immediate aftermath of the atomic bomb explosions at Nagasaki and Hiroshima,
Chapel Hill, NC, United States
elin o’Hara slavick is a Distinguished Professor of Visual Art, Theory and Practice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – where she started the photography program in 1994. She received her MFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BA from Sarah Lawrence College.
Masami Oki worked for the Naval Arsenal Pyrotechnic Department in Kaita Town, Hiroshima Prefecture, and took photographs of the bomb and destruction in Hiroshima.
Masami Onuka, a member of the photographic team of the Imperial Japanese Army’s Shipping Command, was ordered to photograph the destruction and human suffering in Hiroshima on the day after the bombing.
Longbeach, CA, United States
Mark Ruwedel (b. 1954, American, Canadian citizen) has become one of Canada’s most respected landscape photographers during a career spanning three decades. Working primarily in the western territories of the United States and Canada, Ruwedel documents traces and imprints of human activity on the earth.
Yuichiro Sasaki, an independent photographer, recorded Hiroshima’s devastation and recovery from the atomic bombing. Nearly every day, up to the last years of his life, Mr. Sasaki would bicycle around the city and take photos. His passion for photographing Hiroshima began when he returned to his hometown and found the city in ruins.
Minneapolis, MN, United States
Paul Shambroom is a photographer who explores American power and culture. For over twenty years he has documented subjects ranging from industrial and office environments, the U.S. nuclear arsenal, small town council meetings, and post-9/11 “Homeland Security” preparations.
AmirtharajStephen is a documentary photographer from Tirunelveli, India. Follow him on Facebook. He worked in association with The Other Media on a campaign to display his photographs in schools, colleges, and public spaces across India.
Hiromitsu Toyasaki is a writer and photo journalist. Since 1978 he has covered the situation of global hibakusha, victims of radiation exposure from uranium mining and milling, nuclear testing, and nuclear power plant accidents.
Stanley Troutman was one of the first American journalists to document the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the atomic bombs had been dropped. Along with one other photographer and ten correspondents, they landed in Hiroshima a month to the day after the explosion.
Oak Ridge, TN, United States
Edward Westcott was a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photographer who documented the construction, and operation of the Oak Ridge reactor in Tennessee during the Manhattan Project.He also photographed Manhattan Project scientists, military generals, U.S. presidents and senators. He recorded civilian activities in Oak Ridge for the military newspaper and photographed nuclear power stations all over the United States.
Seiso Yamada took a photo of the Hiroshima atomic cloud near Mikumari Gorge (Fuchu). It is estimated that the photo was taken two minutes after the explosion, making it the earliest of all images involving the atomic bombing.
Yōsuke Yamahata was a Japanese military photographer who completed the only extensive photographic record of the immediate aftermath of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 10, 1945.
Günter Zint, born 27, June 1941 in Fulda, is a German photographer.