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  • Robert Del Tredici

    Robert Del Tredici is a California native who, in a galaxy far away, studied to be a Catholic priest. He earned an MA in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. There he came upon Moby-Dick. Melville’s questing spirit, zest for adventure and wicked sense of humour were a lifeline for Del Tredici, and he spent years illustrating the book from Ishmael’s point of view. He went on to teach drawing, photography and cinema in Montreal, then took a leave of absence to cover the nuclear meltdown at Three Mile Island. This led to a six-year project to document the entire US nuclear weapons complex; the end result was his award-winning book of photographs and interviews At Work in the Fields of the Bomb. In 1987 he founded The Atomic Photographers Guild, which currently has 40 international members. After 9/11 he tracked the impact of the War on Terror in collage works entitled Evolution Pages. Melville scholar Robert Wallace invited Del Tredici to exhibit landscapes, nuclear photographs and 100 of his Melville illustrations in the Cincinnati Arts Center. Del Tredici’s son Felix plays the bass trombone.

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  • John O'Brian

    John O’Brian is an art historian, writer, curator and Professor Emeritus, UBC Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory. He is the author or editor of 20 books and many articles, and is best known for his books on modern art, including Clement Greenberg: The Collected Essays and Criticism, one of the New York Times “Notable Books of the Year” in 1986, and for his exhibitions on nuclear photography such as Camera Atomica, organized for the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2015. Camera Atomica was the first comprehensive exhibition on postwar nuclear photography. O’Brian taught art history at UBC from 1987 to 2017, where he held the Brenda & David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies (2008-11) and was an Associate of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. He is a recipient of the Thakore Award in Human Rights and Peace Studies from Simon Fraser University.

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