Nucleus Exhibition

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

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


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


A brief introduction into the collection




Nucleus Exhibition

The Strangelove Collection at the Noorderlicht Photofestival 2017.

New Evidence Exhibition

The Strangelove Collection at Concertgebeauw Brugge 2019

Project Gnome

Nuclear test site of the Gnome Project.

Explore the Institute




New Evidence Exhibition

The Strangelove Collection at Concertgebeauw Brugge 2019

Military Museum Displays

An investigation into the meaning of weapons in peacetime.

Sacred photograms

Up in smoke.

Texas´s customs and beliefs

A brief visit to the Creation Evidence Museum in Texas.

Project Gnome

Nuclear test site of the Gnome Project.

Alabama´s customs and beliefs

This Alabama backwater oddity creeped us out.