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Jack Aeby, Atom-Bomb Photographer
Recorded in Honolulu, HI.
Premiered July 15, 2005, on All Things Considered.

On the morning of July 16, 1945, a young man named Jack Aeby snapped one of history's most important and famous photographs—the only color picture of the first test of the atom bomb. Aeby was a 21-year-old amateur photographer. He was working as a technician on the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, when he was granted permission to photograph a top-secret test, code named Trinity.

Producer: Karen Callahan / Executive Producer: Dave Isay / Associate Producer: Piya Kochhar / Production Assistant: Colin Murphy / Funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts. Photographs courtesy of Beth Teel. Film and audio footage provided by the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Los Alamos Historical Museum Archives.


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This piece is available in the following audio formats [2:36 min]:



Aeby's color photo of the Trinity explosion on Wikipedia.

Video stills of the Trinity explosion, taken by Berlyn Brixner, the government's official videographer

Berlyn Brixner talks about Jack Aeby's photo [MP3,

Oral-histories from scientists who worked at the Trinity test site

Atomic history timeline (with audio)

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