The Atomic Photographers Guild Exhibition presents Behind the Aton Curtain: Life and Death in the Nuclear Age
September 28, 2012; 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Rocky Flats Cold War Museum in Olde Town Arvada
5612 Yukon Street
Arvada, Co 80002
The exhibit opens Friday evening, Sept. 28, from 6 to 10 p.m. with food, drink and live music. At 7 p.m., Robert Del Tredici, the Atomic Photographers Guild’s founding member, will give a gallery talk. Admission is $20. Following this special fundraising event, the exhibit will be open three days a week through October and November on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. at $5 a person.
The Rocky Flats Cold War Museum is not yet officially open, but work is ongoing planning exhibits and educational programs that will present all perspectives of the complex story of the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant through the voices of those who were directly involved-- workers, protesters, scientists, community leaders, regulators, artists and others. It will also display key artifacts, documents, studies and photographs. Rocky Flats produced some 60,000 triggers for the U.S. nuclear arsenal between 1952 and 1989 when production stopped.
The Atomic Photographers Guild is an international collective of photographers dedicated to making visible all aspects of the nuclear age. For 15 years, Robert Del Tredici documented nuclear weapons factories and reactors throughout the USA, the former USSR, Canada, and Europe. In the process, he crossed paths with other photographers determined, like himself, to illuminate the hidden corners of the nuclear world. In 1987 he invited them to pool their imagery into an overview of this enormous yet elusive subject. Behind the Atom Curtain, curated by Del Tredici and Harris Fogel, originated in the fall of 2011 at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in its Mednick Gallery of Photography. This past year, the show has traveled to Vienna, Perth, Rio de Janeiro, and Seattle.
Behind the Atom Curtain dedicates a core of its display in Arvada to Rocky Flats. Other images are of the world’s first atomic explosion by Berlyn Brixner (U.S.) official photographer of the Trinity bomb, and the only photographs taken from inside Hiroshima the day the bomb fell by Yoshito Matsushige (Japan).
Atomic testing is chronicled by Yuri Kuidin (Kazakhstan), Carole Gallagher (Colorado), and Jessie Boylan (Australia). Paul Shambroon (U.S.) and John Hooton (U.S.) reveal modern nuclear warhead deployments. Kenji Higuchi (Tokyo), Jan Smith (Mexico City), Igor Kostin (Moscow), Vaclav Vasku (Czech Republic), David McMillan (Winnipeg) and Robert Del Tredici (Montreal) document the aftermath of meltdowns at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima. Pablo De Soto (Spain) records post-Fukushima street demonstrations in Tokyo calling for an end to reactor restarts in Japan. Patrick Nagatani uses photomontage to create mythic images of the many nuclear sites in his home state of New Mexico. Fourteen additional photographers capture the look and impact worldwide of the nuclear age.
For more information on the Atomic Photographers Guild visit: atomicphotographers.com.
For more information on the Rocky Flats Cold War Museum or the Atomic Photographer’s Guild exhibit, please contact Conny Bogaard at 720-287-1717, email firstname.lastname@example.org.