Exploring the buttons, blast doors, and bunkers on both sides of the Cold War

Nuclear bunker controls (C) Justin Barton

Photographer Justin Barton has photographed the instruments and storehouses of nuclear death in the United States and the former Soviet Union, in a series titled “Atomic War in Details.” In a profile of the project from Wired, Barton says that he wants to “force people to look at the detail of these things they dismiss as history and irrelevant to our age.” As Wired points out, Barton’s work — which focuses on hardware like control panels and telephones — highlights the strange monotony of terror; something even Major Kong is familiar with.

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