How to Photograph an Atomic Bomb

Catchy title, huh?  That’s exactly what I thought when I saw a short review on the book by Peter Kuran titled, wait for it…. “How to Photograph an Atomic Bomb

To understand me, you must first know that I have a lot of free time, whether it be on planes or just sitting around the house, I try and spend at least a day each week reading about random hobbies/interests.  One such interest is nukes… go ahead and say it, “Blair has lost his damn mind.”

I promise I haven’t, but rather find them and how they were created thoroughly interesting.  Then I happened upon Mr. Kuran’s book and the world of nukes and photography collided, I was smitten.

Images such as this one captivated me:

Which brings me to my reason of this post…  I have only one piece of art on my walls where I edit (painting of Michael Schumacher), and need to spruce up the place.  When I saw this print of the men who built the bombs, lit by a nuclear bomb, I decided I must have it!

So with that said, if anyone can help me find where to order a print of this, I will get a print (of one of my photos) out to you…

    6 Responses to “How to Photograph an Atomic Bomb”

  1. November 10, 2010 | Reply
    Bill Sawalich says:

    I love a good treasure hunt, but I haven’t been able to find anything conclusive on this shot yet.

    First I tried the Library of Congress photographic archive online, but to no avail. (They do have other amazing atom bomb images, though.)
    Then I found the Brookings Institution has a page with caption information and attribution: Unfortunately, this is simply attributed to the Defense Special Weapons Agency, and they don’t seem to exist any more. Or at least not in the photographic print sales business.

    Interestingly, the page is from another neat collection of nuclear images: and the whole thing is part of a project that ultimately produced a book, if you really care to geek out on nuclear history:

    Lastly, I tried Getty. They have a great archive of historical images. My thinking was you could buy a file and make your own print. Alas, while they have other historic nuclear test photos, they don’t have this one.

    How about a quickly executed drawing in #2 pencil? Will that suffice?

  2. November 16, 2010 | Reply
    Matthew Coughlin says:

    Is this what you are looking for?

    That is a great photo.


  3. November 16, 2010 | Reply
    Kingsley says:

    That’s an impressive effort Bill

  4. November 22, 2010 | Reply
    Blair says:

    Bill and Matt,
    Send me your addresses, you both did one heck of a job!


  5. Hey Blair,

    First of all, just watched your ride along with the Thunderbirds! EPIC!! I am a photographer as well and have a fascination with atomic history. Just thought I would pass along a couple of books that will forever be with me. One must read is
    And the next is a must have for its unbelievable visual awe
    I hope you get the chance to check them out.
    Keep on kicking ass!!

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