Director Peter Kuran of ‘Trinity and Beyond’ Speaks at Bradbury Science Museum June 11

Peter Kuran, director of ‘Trinity and Beyond’ speaks June 11 at Bradbury Science Museum. Courtesy/LANL

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  • Award-winning film director to discuss technical photography during atmospheric testing years

Peter Kuran will discuss the history and basics of photography, and Edgerton, Germeshausen, and Grier, Inc.’s role in filming the technical photography during the atmospheric testing years, during a talk at 5:30 p.m., June 11 at the Bradbury Science Museum.

“I’ve been researching nuclear test photography now for more than 20 years since ‘Trinity and Beyond’ and there is always something new to discover,” Kuran said.

The talk, titled “Atomic Bomb Photography and the EG&G Film Project,” also will explore current projects involving researching, cataloging and scanning the EG&G Technical Film Collections.

About the Speaker

Kuran is the award-winning producer and director of “Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie,” an unsettling yet visually fascinating documentary presenting the history of nuclear weapons development and testing. In 2002, Kuran won an Academy Award in the Scientific and Technical Achievement category for Restored Color Imaging, a photochemical process he developed to restore original color negatives of government footage, including previously classified footage, of which portions were badly faded. Kuran started his career as an animator on the original “Star Wars” films in 1976 and has since worked on more than 300 theatrical motion pictures.

Currently, Kuran is working on a co-operative program between Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories and the Department of Defense to research, inventory and digitize the EG&G Technical Film Collection from the atmospheric nuclear testing era.

About the Bradbury Science Museum

Mensa, an internationally recognized high-IQ society, named the Bradbury Science museum as one of the top 10 “Favorite Science Museums.” All events at the Bradbury Science Museum are free and open to the public. Bradbury Science Museum, 1350 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m., Sunday and Monday.

About Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is operated by Los Alamos National Security, LLC, a team composed of Bechtel National, the University of California, The Babcock & Wilcox Company, and URS Corporation for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.


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