Exhibitions/ Art Object

New Blanket Provides Protection Against Radiation

Artist:
Unknown (British)
Date:
1954
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 25.4 x 20.3 cm (10 x 8 in.) Frame: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
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: http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/Collection/Photography/DailyHeraldArchive.aspx