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Patrick Nagatani (Japanese-American, 1945- )

Patrick Nagatani is a Japanese-American who grew up in a Polish neighborhood and was raised a Catholic. His father's family lived outside of Hiroshima, Japan. Nagatani has a design background and has painted Hollywood movie sets and worked with special effects, which led to his obsession with building scale models. From 1983-1989 he collaborated with artist Andree Tracey, building and photographing extensive, theatrical "tableaux." Nagatani moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1987, where his work focused on nuclear power and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. A member of the Atomic Photographers Guild, he teaches photography at the University of New Mexico.
- Joyce Roetter

Selected Bibliography
Janis, Eugenia Parry. Nuclear Enchantment. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1981.

Nagatani, Patrick. Radioactive Inactives: A Photographic Collaboration Between Patrick Nagatani and Andree Tracy. Charlottesville: Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia, 1989.

Yates, Steve. 4 + 4: Late Modern: Photography Between the Mediums. Santa Fe: Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico, 1994.


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