Robert Del Tredici is an artist, photographer, and teacher with a BA in philosophy, an MA in Comparative Literature (University of California, Berkeley), and an interest in the dynamic between image and text.His first sustained artwork was a series of 100 pen-and-ink illustrations to Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, done in the early 1960s. He studied under Tibetan teacher Chogyam Trungpa in the early 1970s, who gave him the name “Good Eye of Enlightenment.”
Del Tredici began documenting the nuclear age in 1979. His first book of photographs and interviews, The People of Three Mile Island (Sierra Club Books, 1980), was part sociology and part critique of nuclear power. His second book, At Work in the Fields of the Bomb (Harper & Row, 1987), documented the US nuclear weapons industry and won the 1987 Olive Branch Book Award for its contribution to world peace.
In 1987 Robert founded The Atomic Photographers Guild. In 1991 he began documenting the nuclear weapons industry in the former Soviet Union.
During the Clinton administration, under Energy Secretary Hazel O’Leary, Del Tredici became principal photographer and designer for three government reports on the present, past, and future of the radioactive cleanup of the US nuclear weapons complex.
In 2000 he published an expanded series of his Moby-Dick illustrations under the title Floodgates of the Wonderworld:(Kent State University Press). Since September 11, 2001, he has been working in collage in an effort to put the post-9/11 world into perspective. He teaches photography, drawing, and the history of animated film in Montreal.
The People of Three-Mile Island
Port Hope, Ontario
Cameco Corporation’s Port Hope Uranium Conversion Facility, in operation since 1935, is a nuclear substance processing facility licensed to process uranium trioxide (UO3) into both uranium dioxide (UO2) and uranium hexafluoride (UF6). UO2 is used to manufacture fuel for power reactors in Canada, while UF6 is exported to companies in other countries for enrichment and fabrication into fuel for nuclear power reactors around the world. The facility is located in the Municipality of Port Hope, situated on the north shore of Lake Ontario approximately 100 kilometres east of Toronto, Ontario.