Between 1951 and 1992, the Nevada National Security Test Site endured more than one thousand nuclear blasts. Esteemed photographer Emmet Gowin reveals the impact these tests had on the land in his new book, The Nevada Test Site. The aerial photography contained within captures the breadth of the environmental changes, depicting a landscape that now looks more lunar than terrestrial. Gowin, professor emeritus of photography at Princeton University, pairs the photos with an essay about the difficult process of obtaining access to the site, and the emotions he experienced in creating the work. Join Gowin as he shares his insights into the profound and far-reaching environmental impacts of human activity.
This program is presented as part of the ongoing Terra Foundation Series on American Art at the Chicago Humanities Festival. To reserve tickets, visit https://www.chicagohumanities.org/events/emmet-gowin-nuclear-test-sites/