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"The First City in the World to be Lit by Atomic Power"
ARCO is Oliver Dahl's photographic exploration of the town of Arco, Idaho and the nearby Craters of the Moon National Monument. The book features a combination of digital and analog photography, paired with stories about the fatal SL-1 nuclear reactor accident, the "Devil Boat," "Number Hill," and other mysteries and landmarks that dot the high desert.
68 pages, containing 45 full-color photos
Printed on 100 lb Satin Paper
6.69" x 9.61" (17 x 24.41 cm)
For a closer look at Arco, click here.
Once the nation's hub for nuclear energy testing, Arco, Idaho was the "first city in the world to be lit by atomic power." Now, it's known as the closest semblance of civilization to Craters of the Moon National Monument, an otherworldly landscape of dried lava flows, cinder cones, caves, and desert brush. Neon signs, colorful motels, and a hillside covered in numbers stand as remnants of a bygone era. A fatal nuclear accident, the fin of a Navy submarine dubbed the "Devil Boat," and other dark secrets make the decaying town and surrounding miles of desert feel uneasy.
ARCO is a compilation of photos and stories from the anachronistic Idaho town, collected over three seasons and four different road trips. It represents my most focused body of work, an intentional effort to capture the essence of Arco, Craters of the Moon National Monument, and the nearby ghost town of Atomic City.
For more photos, outtakes, and stories from ARCO, click "Learn more about Arco."