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The Bomb in the Wilderness By John O'Brian

The Bomb in the Wilderness by John O'Brian

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The Bomb in the Wilderness is an acutely perceptive analysis of Canada's nuclear footprint through the medium of photography, revealing how we have represented, interpreted, and remembered nuclear activities since 1945.

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The Bomb in the Wilderness: Photography and the Nuclear Era in Canada by John O'Brian

What can photographs reveal about Canada's nuclear footprint? The Bomb in the Wilderness contends that photography is central to how we interpret and remember nuclear activities. The impact and global reach of Canada's nuclear programs have been felt ever since the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945. But do photographs alert viewers to nuclear threat, numb them to its dangers, or actually do both? John O'Brian's wide-ranging and personal account of the nuclear era presents and discusses over a hundred photographs, ranging from military images to the atomic ephemera of consumer culture. His fascinating analysis ensures that we do not look away.

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Art historian O'Brian has brought together all his powers of observation and perception to help us rethink how we view the history and the mystery of the bomb.

-- Ron Verzuh, author of Codename Project 9: How a Small British Columbia City Helped Create the Atomic Bomb * The Ormsby Review *

About John O'Brian

John O'Brian is an art historian, writer, and curator. Until 2017, he taught at the University of British Columbia. He has authored or edited twenty books, including Clement Greenberg: The Collected Essays and Criticism - one of The New York Times Notable Books of the Year - and Ruthless Hedonism. His publications on nuclear photography include Strangelove's Weegee, Camera Atomica, Through Post-Atomic Eyes, and Atomic Postcards: Radioactive Messages from the Cold War. He has organized five exhibitions on nuclear photography, in Copenhagen, London, Toronto, and Vancouver, and is a recipient of the Thakore Award in Human Rights and Peace Studies from Simon Fraser University.

Table of Contents

Preface: Radioactive Footprints

Introduction: Still Photographs

1 Nuclear Industry

2 Chalk River

3 Cold War Defence

4 Cloud Shadows

5 Atomic Soldiers

6 Mass Protest

7 Camera Targets

Epilogue: Deadpan Pictures

Atomic Timeline

Notes, Selected Bibliography, Index

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The Bomb in the Wilderness: Photography and the Nuclear Era in Canada by John O'Brian
University of British Columbia Press
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