How to Photograph an Atomic Bomb

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How to Photograph an Atomic Bomb
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First edition cover
AuthorPeter Kuran
CountryUnited States
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Pages142 pp

How to Photograph an Atomic Bomb is a book written by Peter Kuran and published in 2006 by VCE. It documents the stories of the men who photographed US nuclear weapons tests between 1945–1963 and the techniques they used to capture nuclear blasts on film. The book contains 250 photos and 12 technical diagrams, some of which were previously classified.[1] Research on the book began while Kuran was working as an animator for Star Wars. He was able to interview and collect material from photographers who witnessed the blasts, whom he calls unrecognized patriots.[2][3]

A traveling exhibit based on the book was purchased by the Atomic Testing Museum and put on display in 2007.[4] In 2010, The New York Times featured a 23-image slideshow on its website with photos taken from the book accompanied by an audio recording of George Yoshitake, then one of the few surviving cameramen.[5][6]

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  1. ^ "How to Photograph an Atomic Bomb". Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  2. ^ Broad, William J. (13 September 2010). "The Bomb Chroniclers". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  3. ^ Sergiu Vidican (2010-09-15). "The Atomic Filmmakers". Metrolic. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  4. ^ "Facts About the Museum". Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  5. ^ Colman, Dan (2010-09-14). "How To Photograph an Atomic Bomb". Open Culture. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  6. ^ "Capturing the Atom Bomb on Film". The New York Times. 2010-09-13. Retrieved 2012-07-06.

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