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The Photocaptionist on David Fathi’s Anecdotal

The Photocaptionist pairs an image from David Fathi’s series Anecdotal with a quote by Vice Admiral Blandy, Commander of the Operation Crossroads, quoted in Gerard J. DeGroot, The Bomb: A Life, 2005: “The bomb will not start a chain reaction in the water converting it all to gas and letting all the ships in all the oceans drop to the bottom. It will not blow out the bottom of the sea and let all the water run down the hole. It will not destroy gravity. I am not an atomic playboy, as one of my critics labelled me, exploding these bombs to satisfy my personal whims.” When French photographer David Fathi started his project on the Cold War-era nuclear arms race, his intentions were serious and documentary. But as he gathered research material, his interest gravitated towards the uncanny and at times surreal anecdotes surrounding nuclear testing – stories of bombs lost and never found (or inadvertently dropped in the back yard of a family home), vaporised chickens, parties and pageants, and a bikini described by its French …

2015-06-16T18:04:15+00:00

BJP Staff