New York Nightmare: Air-burst Atomic Bombs Make Cities in the Northeast Obsolete...
John Carlton (American, active 1940s–50s)
Gelatin silver print
Image: 22.8 x 18 cm (9 x 7 1/16 in.)
Frame: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)
The Daily Herald Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford, United Kingdom
Not on view
The sheer impossibility of photographing the future did not stop picture editors from fabricating speculative representations of things to come. In the decades following the detonation of “Little Boy” at Hiroshima, Japan, the era’s technological optimism was shadowed by a profound fear of nuclear devastation. This photo illustration from the archives of London’s Daily Herald gives striking visual form to the pervasive doomsday anxiety of the atomic age.
Comprised of three million photographs, the photographic archive of the Daily Herald is held at the National Media Musem. Information about this archive:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," October 10, 2012–January 27, 2013.
Earl A. Powell III, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," February 17, 2013–May 5, 2013.
Gary Tinterow, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," June 2, 2013–August 25, 2013.
Fineman, Mia. Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 157, pp. 148, 243.