Lenscratch has published a feature on the work of Michael Koerner!
In the article, author Linda Alterwitz writes:
Upon close inspection, Koerner’s chemigrams always include small, detailed fractal patterns associated with an event that is almost mathematical, but born of nature. Koerner uses his knowledge of chemistry and information gleaned from the photographic literature from the 1800s to produce these fractal growths of silver that are intended to simulate the bursts and radiation from nuclear reactions as an exploration of his family health history and genetics.
Michael Koerner (Okinawa, Japan, 1963) is the oldest of five brothers. Due to genetic abnormalities and cancer, he is the only remaining living son. His brothers’ fates (and potentially his own one day) can be linked to their mother, who was eleven years old on August 9, 1945 when the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. She lived in Sasebo, Japan, 45 miles away from the blast. The long-term effects of severe, acute exposure to gamma radiation led to his mother’s death at an early age, and all of his brothers. Koerner’s work explores his family history and genetics through small tintypes, using photographic chemistry to assimilate the bursts and biochemical fallout from the atom bomb.