Brett Leigh Dicks’ Nuclear Landscapes photography exhibition is now on display at the Bondi Beach promenade from 6 November to 6 December 2020, as part of the Head On photo festival in Sydney. Nuclear Landscapes is a series that documents topographies across the United States associated with atomic energy.
Brett Leigh Dicks is a Fremantle-based US-Australian topographic photographer of international renown who follows in the traditions of Max Dupain, Stephen Shore and Henry Weston. Current projects of Dicks’ include traipsing through the Australian, and in particular, WEstern Australian outback – and, by all accounts, dodging the authorities – to document Australia’s nuclear legacy.
Dicks’ recent exhibitions include the Magnetic West: The Enduring Allure of the American West at the Figge Art Museum, USA and Opposing Forces: Photographs of Decommissioned Missile Bases at the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, in Ottawa, Canada. He has been featured in VICE magazine and was a recent finalist for a Guggenheim in the US.
He is also a member of the Atomic Photographer’s Guild, the APG is an international collective of artists dedicated to making visible all facets of the nuclear age. The APG includes the work of famed photographers Robert Del Tredici, Yoshito Matsushige and fellow Australian, Jessie Boylan.
Here’s a selection from this haunting, strangely fascinating, unnerving and beautiful exhibition.
We featured Brett not so long ago in our Fine Photography feature here on the Shipping News. Here it is again in case you missed it first time, replete with a great podcast interview with the photographer himself.