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Sean McDermott

Sean McDermott is a freelance photographer based in Alaska. His work has been published in National Geographic, Scientific American, HuffPost, Undark, Men’s Journal, and Granta, among others.


Hanford’s B Reactor, now part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Even though most of the site is now deemed safe for the public, warning signs for radiological hazards are reminders that the effects of decades of contamination have not disappeared. Photography by Sean McDermott.

Cold War, Hot Mess

Fall 2021 | Reporting

After decades of mismanaging its nuclear waste, the US Department of Energy wrestles with its toxic legacy.