Reto Sterchi

Switzerland

Reto Sterchi is a photographer born and raised in Signau, Switzerland, but currently based in Los Angeles and with strong roots in NYC and Nashville. He first became aware of the Trinity Downwinders—the forgotten community still being impacted by the world’s first atomic fallout in 1945—when he read Acid West, a collection of essays about Southern New Mexico by local author Joshua Wheeler. We featured the incredible photographs he went on to capture, which documented the people still reeling from the nuclear test, and highlighted their ongoing battle to be noticed and compensated by the state.