Mesa Public Library Hosts Photographer Minesh Bacrania Nov. 2 With Photos From His ‘Behind The Fence’ Series

Los Alamos photographer Minesh Bacrania/Courtesy photo

A photo from V Site where access was especially limited, as weapons were assembled and tested there. To make explosive lenses—specialized charges whose shape directed the bomb’s energy—scientists heated material in this candy kettle before pouring it into molds. Photo by Minesh Bacrania


Los Alamos Public Library will present a photography exhibit and talk with Minesh Bacrania, former experimental physicist turned professional photographer, 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 at Mesa Public Library in the Upper-Level Rotunda.

On display for the evening will be Bacrania’s beautiful photographs of Los Alamos National Laboratory from Behind the Fence, a photographic series produced in partnership with the Smithsonian Magazine. As a former scientist at the Laboratory, he is the first outside photographer to have been granted access to the secure facility. Through his lens, we see the hidden places where history unfolded.

Bacrania will present a history of scientific innovation from the perspective of Los Alamos. The first scientists of Los Alamos National Laboratory built the fields of study that led us to the technologies that are a natural part of today’s lifestyle, such as smartphones, WD-40 and the internet. From the Manhattan Project to today, Bacrania will guide us through the journey of discovery and show us how scientific history has affected our current world.

Both teens and adults are invited to this free event. Visit, call (505) 662-8240 or ask a librarian to learn more about this event.

Editor’s note: Large prints of Bacrania’s work are posted in the windows of the former CB Fox location on Central Avenue.