17 September 2008


The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston have purchase this photograph from the #65 Closed City series! Although the images had been published in LE MONDE 2, DOMUS, FRANKFURTER RUNDERSHAU, it was Fotofest  which really launched this image (and series) onto a wider level, as it was part of the ARTISTS RESPONDING TO VIOLENCE exhibition at Fotofest in 06. 

The purchase was a part of the FOTOFEST auction, raising money for their year-round classroom education program, LITERACY THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY using photography to strengthen writing skills, visual literacy and cognitive learning.

I had the amazing opportunity to work on a project like #65, and I really like the fact that the project feeds back to the literacy programme in Houston TX by the image raising money... the interconnectedness is mind boggling :  the american scientists I travelled with, the russian plutonium workers I photographed, fotofest and kids in Houston benifitting from the programme...

This photo, "Direct Line to Stalin" is an image from the Museum of Plutonium in the city of Ozyorsk (originally known as city #65) where the first Soviet Union atom bomb was created in 1948. 

It's still a closed city today and I accompanied Dr DJ Brenner + his team from Columbia University, New York while they did their ongoing research on chromosomal aberrations there.

I definately need to get the series + story up on the web...

More on fotofest :

check out soody sharif's image

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