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Greg MacGregor, Los Alamos Archive Negative #3-21-53

Greg MacGregor, Colorized Los Alamos Archive Negative #3-21-53, 2019

The Defense Department utilized high-speed cameras to document the effects of nuclear explosions on buildings, household furniture, and mannequins. These tests occurred outdoors at the Nevada Proving Grounds between 1951 and 1957 but were not banned until 1962.

Greg MacGregor animated these experiments by coloring them using computer software. His colorizing techniques transform black-and-white military photographs into modern images that mimic the aesthetic of color postcards produced between 1905 and the 1950s but contain subject matter that is unnerving to say the least.

Greg MacGregor, Original Black and White Los Alamos Archive Negative #3-21-53, 2019

Greg MacGregor
born 1941 La Crosse, Wisconsin; lives Santa Fe, New Mexico
Colorized Los Alamos Archive Negative #3-21-53
2019
pigment inkjet print from black and white negative
17 x 22 in.
lent by the artist, © 2020 Greg MacGregor
photo by David Nufer

Greg MacGregor
born 1941 La Crosse, Wisconsin; lives Santa Fe, New Mexico
Original Black and White Los Alamos Archive Negative #3-21-53
2019
pigment inkjet print from black and white negative
17 x 22 in.
lent by the artist, © 2020 Greg MacGregor
photo by David Nufer