How’d Ed Westcott get all those fab photos?

Well, anybody who knows anything about the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge and the years that followed probably learned much of what they know via the photographs of Ed Westcott, the government’s photographer. He captured incredible images of people at work, the grief and grandeur, and the things that made the times different and special. So, how’d he do it? Great skills, of course, with a sensitive eye and steady hands. Another thing required for great photos of Oak Ridge’s secret operations was access, and Westcott had plenty of that, virtually from Day One of the A-bomb project in Oak Ridge. Below is one of his camera passes from the 1940s. (Department of Energy archives)

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Senior Writer Frank Munger covers the Dept. of Energy's Oak Ridge facilities and many related topics — nuclear weapons, nuclear waste and other things nuclear, environmental cleanup and science of all sorts. Atomic City Underground is, first and foremost, a news blog, but there's room for analysis, opinion and random thoughts that have no place else to go.