1 November 2013

Nuclear photography: Making the invisible visible

Carole Gallagher

Gallagher has published, exhibited, and lectured widely, and has been the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and honors, including a grant in 1988 from the MacArthur Foundation’s Program on...


In this essay, the author explores whether nuclear catastrophe is beyond the reach of art. A documentary photographer, she reflects on her own work capturing the lives of those who lived downwind of the nuclear tests conducted at the Nevada Test Site in the United States. Many years after being immersed in the project for a decade, and documenting the effects of 1,000 nuclear devices that had exploded above this population, the author finally arrives at the answer to her question.