Publisher: Hatje Cantz
In Dust Nadav Kander photographed the desolated landscapes of
the Aral Sea and captured fascinating images of the restricted military
zones of Priozersk and Kurtchatov, which did not appear on any map
until well after the end of the Cold War.
Hundreds of atomic bombs were detonated in the so-called Polygon near
Kurchatov until the program ended in 1989. The bombs were exploded in a
remote but still populated area, and covert studies were made of the
effects of the radiation on the unsuspecting inhabitants.
Kander writes how the ticking of the Geiger counter on his belt while
he photographed reminded him that he should not become too enthralled
with the aesthetic and painterly allure of the crumbling ruins.
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