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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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Brandon Bauer

SPE Member since 2014
Member Chapter: Midwest

1000 Suns

The 1000 Suns series is an ongoing project of archival photo documentation of above ground nuclear tests conducted by United States began in 2014. Of the over 1000 nuclear tests conducted by the United States, approximately 200 were tested above ground between 1945 and 1962. Using archival test film, the 1000 Suns project captures images of above ground nuclear tests at the moment of the brightest explosive flash. Each print in the series pairs the minimal image of the blast with a reference image of the mushroom cloud produced by each test. The project was initiated with a desire to create a more nuanced, contemplative, and anti-spectacular image of nuclear weapons. The minimal images of these explosions, visually and metaphorically address the limits of vision inherent in the development and deployment of these weapons.

Trinity/Trinity - July 16, 1945

Operation Sandstone/Yoke - April 30, 1948

Operation Tumbler-Snapper/Fox - May 25, 1952

Operation Hardtack I/Fig - August 18, 1958

Operation Dominic/Frigate Bird - May 6, 1962

Operation Teapot/Ess - March 23, 1955

Operation Dominic/Chama - October 18, 1962

Operation Plumbbob/Diablo - July 15, 1957

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