Space Museum, Alamogordo, New Mexico, 1988
Gelatin silver print
8 1/2 x 12 inches on 11 x 14 inch paper
Signed (No edition number)
(United States, b. 1926)
The lost homes, farms, and livelihoods, as well as the Savannah river Plant in Ellenton, South Carolina from the nucleus of a project that Barbara Norfleet has pursued since 1988, when she read about a small town taken over by a nuclear bomb plant in Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy. Since that time, she has made surreal photographs of sites around the country in her sometimes difficult investigation of an unreal, hyper-real world, where lethal and threatening objects and scenes can often appear innocuous and beautiful. Norfleet is senior lecturer of visual and environment studies, and curator of photography at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University. She received her BA from Swarthmore, and her MA and Ph.D in social relations from Harvard and Radcliffe Universities. Her publications include Wedding and the Champion Pig, and the monographs All the Right People and Manscape with Beasts.