Photo Exhibition Considers Atomic Imagery

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July 17, 2015 at 10:30 am  •  Posted in Exhibitions, News & Events by  •  0 Comments

 Edward Burtynsky / Uranium Tailings #12, Elliott Lake, Ontario / 1995 / chromogenic print / 91.4 x 182.9 cm / McMichael Canadian Art Collection / © Edward Burtynsky


Edward Burtynsky / Uranium Tailings #12, Elliott Lake, Ontario / 1995 / chromogenic print / 91.4 x 182.9 cm / McMichael Canadian Art Collection / © Edward Burtynsky

The Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto is exploring photography related to the atomic bomb and nuclear energy with its exhibition Camera Atomica. Covering the period of time from the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to today, the exhibition features more than 150 photographs, mixing historic and scientific images with contemporary art. The mostly chronological exhibition has three thematic sections—Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Test and Protest, and Uranium and Radiation—and examines the role of photography in influencing people’s opinions of atomic energy and weapons. The show inclues work by Berlyn Brixner, Shomei Tomatsu, Hiroshi Hamaya, Richard Misrach, Sandy Skoglund, Robert Frank, Edward Burtynsky, the Canadian Atomic Energy Board, NASA  and more. Camera Atomica is on view through November 15.

Whyte / Canada's first underground H-bomb shelter opens for viewing / August 3, 1955 / gelatin silver print / 20.3 x 25 cm / York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds ASC08204

Whyte / Canada’s first underground H-bomb shelter opens for viewing / August 3, 1955 / gelatin silver print / 20.3 x 25 cm / York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds
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Sandy Skoglund / Radioactive Cats / 1980 / dye destruction print (Cibachrome) / 76 x 83 cm / Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts. Purchased. / © 1980 Sandy Skoglund

Sandy Skoglund / Radioactive Cats / 1980 / dye destruction print (Cibachrome) / 76 x 83 cm / Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts. Purchased. / © 1980 Sandy Skoglund

 

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