Weapons of Mass Destruction, a Visual Perspective
Miller began this series in 2006 “with a point of view of how awesome and terrifying these battle machines must have seemed to a combat soldier.” These photos were taken at the major Cold War sites in the US, where he managed to negotiate his way in and at times was under the supervision of as many as four escorts. He used an 8×10 view camera which he said “required considerable patience of the escorts.” I can only imagine the tension that must have filled these spaces as he rushed to set up compositions and the escorts waited.
To accompany these photos, Miller is currently finishing an extensive text on the production facilities involved in the Manhattan Project. The massive undertaking of this project should not be lost here. Please take a good look, ponder the power of these objects, and as always, enjoy.
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Also in this issue: I Am War
Although the term, WMD, has become a part of our daily lexicon, it remains very much an abstraction for most of us. This series of images offers a retrospective look at some of these weapons. Most of my subjects are drawn from the Cold War period during which there was a very real threat to the survival of civilization itself. The last sixty years has seen a frenzied tango between strategy and technology that has left us with the chilling array of doomsday machines seen here.
Martin Miller is a photographer and writer represented by Galerie Gora in Montreal. His many accolades include a feature in Slanted magazine, a double nomination for the Professional Fine Art category in the Photography Masters Cup, and a nomination for the Professional Fine Art category in the 2010 Black and White Spider Awards.