Atomic War In Details by Justin Barton
This is a big story that has not been told very often. The interesting thing is that is has been told through cables, switches, wires, in fact the technical details. There are no people in the photographs, but the traces are there. The sheer amount of photographs is on the one hand boring, but on the other necessary to show the immensity. In other words, if there would be only one photo, there would be nothing…
– Ineke Smits & Thomas Dworzak
- Wladimir (ex-USSR Strategic Rocket force combat crew member)
The series is an in-depth exploration of the counterparts of Soviet/CIS and US ICBM nuclear weapons and launch facilities, past and present, through photographic details.
These comparisons also expose the sides ethnologically and the minutiae are symbolic of greater political meaning. The humanized perspective and palpability reveal our complacency in addressing an ongoing - if psychological - war, and are an examination of the understated reality of the veneer that protects us from an apocalypse.
The small stories of the bumps, scratches and patinas of the actual objects used, and in some cases still in use, invite the viewer to imagine the twin lives of the people who work in these environments.
Titan II missiles were active from 1962 with the last flight 2003. AS-4 was active until 2007. The SS-19 and SS-18 missiles remain active.
This year the Doomsday Clock of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is two minutes closer to midnight than the year of the Cuban missile crisis.
Photographed in: Ukraine and US
Camera used: Wista 8x10 inch & Kodak 160NC
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