Patrick Nagatani (Nuclear Enchantment)

I got the plesure of studying with Patrick Nagatani while he was a professor at the University of New Mexico. while he was here in New Mexico he was really intrested in photographing atomic testing sites and reading public information related to nuclear affairs. Nagatani’s work got him into working with hollywood and building special effects models for science fiction films.The series that was most interested to me was the series Nuclear Enchantment. Nagatani combines photography with built sets and Hollywood-style (special effects) to question the ways in which photography shapes our ideas about historical truth.The planes shown in Nuclear Enchantment are mostly model planes from his own collection, which he built from kits. Nagatani’s acidic hues are the result of altering color balances during printing.

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