Dust by Nadav Kander. First edition. First impression large format hardback in new condition. Flat signed by Nadav Kander to title page, no markings, this is a new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
When Nadav Kander learned of the existence of two closed cities, he knew that he would have to visit them. For Dust he 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. Long-distance missiles were tested in Priozersk under great secrecy. 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. Through this new series of fascinating pictures, Kander continues his exploration of the darker side of our nature, of mankind. He 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. As Will Self writes about Kander's pictures in his introduction to the book, "these images do not make beautiful what is not, they ask of us that we repurpose ourselves to accept a new order of both the beautiful and the real."
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