Mary Kavanagh, Selected Image from the Trinity Archive (1)

Mary Kavanagh, Selected Images from Trinity Archive, 1945-1946 [from Daughters of Uranium] 2019-2020 (1)

Mary Kavanagh 
born 1965 Toronto, Ontario, Canada; lives Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Selected Images from Trinity Archive, 1945-1946 [from Daughters of Uranium]
2019-2020
digital files
lent by the artist, © 2020 Mary Kavanagh

 

In 1999, the U.S. Department of Energy, Albuquerque Operations Office, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Defense released an archive of photographs and archival material pertaining to the Trinity test. The archive contains over 800 photographs made by official Trinity photographer Berlyn Brixner and his team. Brixner placed fifty cameras containing 16 mm film of various speeds at different locations and operated them from a central control station to create over 100,000 photographs of the Trinity test.

Seen here are four images from the archive that Mary Kavanagh has paired with metadata sheets full of cryptic text, signaling the often obscure or impenetrable nature of archival research.