In this exhibition we present a set of photographs of extremes – beauty and destruction, impact and silence, underwater tests and aerial photos. These rarely shown photographs were taken in the 1940s and 50s and served the U.S. Navy during their nuclear weapon tests at sea in the Pacific Islands and in the Nevada desert. These documents have become artworks of importance and value. ‘Just Testing’ includes extraordinary large-format contactprints as well as colour dye-transfer process prints.
Their aesthetic and brilliance are today as striking as they were half a century ago – and their topicality and incendiary nature is undisputed.
See here the introduction presented by Daniel Blau: