Edward A. Lane, a photographer who shot pictures of the atomic bomb tests on Bikini Atoll, died on Jan. 9. Cause of death was not released. He was 96.
Abandoned at birth in Connecticut, Lane was raised by a foster family. He dropped out of high school and spent the 1920s working on riverboats and riding freight trains.
Lane learned the mechanics of photography when he enlisted in the Army in 1929. After mastering his craft and establishing a photojournalism school at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, the military stationed him in the Marshall Islands. There he documented two atomic bomb tests in 1946 by shooting pictures from an airplane that flew over the mushroom clouds. When he returned to America, Lane brought the film back in a briefcase, handcuffed to his wrist.
“He was always very affected by the vision of that bomb and the destructive power of it. I think it sort of changed him for a long time. It caused him to really seek the serenity of the mountains,” said his daughter Barbara Volpe.
In the private sector, Lane worked as a freelance photographer. His pictures appeared in numerous publications, including The Saturday Evening Post, Collier’s and Country Gentleman.