Archive: Vintage Photography

The Strangelove Collection focuses on original vintage photographs of nuclear research, the development of the atomic bomb and early rocketry in the U.S. All three fields are scientifically and historically very much interconnected. The wide-eyed enthusiasm and scientific innocence displayed in the photographs can be read as a blueprint to current scientific explorations into the unknown.





The Strangelove Collection at Noorderlicht Photofestival 2017



Part of the exhibition installation at the Noorderlicht Nucleus Photo Festival 2017.

Since 2009, P.W. Voigt has been collecting vintage photographs on nuclear research, the development of the atom bomb and the United States’ first rockets. They were taken during the nineteen thirties and the nineteen seventies. They are press images, for instance, about how you can survive a nuclear attack, or photographs that national laboratories commissioned to document their activities. The childish enthusiasm and the scientific innocence displayed in the photographs can be viewed as the blueprint for contemporary scientific expeditions to unknown territories. In the current transition from paper to digital archives, many of the unique images have landed on the free market indirectly – first entire archives were sold, after which their new owners broke them down into pieces.

Noorderlicht Photofestival 2017 NUCLEUS | Imagining science
Der Aa-kerk Akerkhof 2, Groningen
Opening hours 22 Oct – 26 Nov 2017
Wednesday through Sunday, from 11:00h to 18:00h

Atom Display. Museum of Atomic Energy. Oak Ridge 1952

Atom Display. Museum of Atomic Energy. Oak Ridge 1952

Sedan mightiest thermonuclear blast within Continental USA to date, detonated underground, hole U10h, Area 10, NTS. Photo by FCWT DASA.
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print. 20 x 25 cm . Stamped on back. 1962

A remote control apparatus developed for use with extremly high levels of activity. A.E.C. Isotopes Division.
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print. 20 x 25 cm . Stamped on back. 1950

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print. 20 x 25 cm. Retouched by ballpoint pen. 1953

Project Pluto. Supersonic Low Altitude Missile concept. Tory 2-A prototype. LRL – Lawrence Radiation Laboratory Nevada.
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print. 20 x 25 cm . Stamped on back. 1960

Hanford atomic products operation. Request No.: 25002. General Electric Photography Operations. Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print. 20 x 25 cm . Stamped on back. 1962

Aerial view of an undeground nuclear test. Photograph No. N-11046. LRL -Lawrence Radiation Laboratory Nevada. Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print. 30 x 40 cm . Stamped on back. 1962

 

How we learned to stop worrying and love the bomb. An introduction into the Strangelove Collection.

 

 

 


 

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