After & Before: Documenting the A-bomb

What might Baghdad and Manhattan look like after a nuclear assault? The relevance of such a question lends a more than chilling aspect to this little book, which pieces together the “before” and “after” of a story whose moral we seem to have forgotten. Before: snapshots taken of Hiroshima after the atom bomb leveled the city in 1945. After: a set of extraordinary photographs by Harold Edgerton, hired in the 1950s by the U.S. government to document its nuclear tests. Essays by Hilton Als and James Elkins.

Text: Elkins James, Edgerton Harold. pp. 36; hardcover. Publisher: PPP Editions, New York, 2003.

ISBN: 9780971548008| 0971548005

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What might Baghdad and Manhattan look like after a nuclear assault? The relevance of such a question lends a more than chilling aspect to this little book, which pieces together the “before” and “after” of a story whose moral we seem to have forgotten. Before: snapshots taken of Hiroshima after the atom bomb leveled the city in 1945. After: a set of extraordinary photographs by Harold Edgerton, hired in the 1950s by the U.S. government to document its nuclear tests. Essays by Hilton Als and James Elkins.