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Picturing Armageddon #2

PART TWO: HIROSHIMA TRAGIC There are thought to be just 35 photographs taken in Hiroshima on the day the atom bomb was dropped. 4 photos of the burning city, 5 photos of wounded residents, 1 photo of a truck transporting victims, and 25 photos of the mushroom cloud. In the case of 29 of these photographs, the negatives or prints are preserved in Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Museum or by newspaper companies. The negatives or prints for the remaining 6 photos, cannot be located, though they once appeared in print. 5 of the 35 were taken by Yoshito Matsushige, a photographer for the Chugoku Shimbun newspaper.

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Matsushige said:  “The scene I saw through the finder was too cruel. Among the hundreds of injured persons of whom you cannot tell the difference between male and female, there were children screaming ‘It’s hot, it’s hot!’ and infants crying over the body of their mother who appeared to be already dead. I tried to pull myself together by telling myself that I’m a news cameraman, and it is my duty and privilege to take a photograph, even if it is just one, and even if people take me as a devil or a cold-hearted man. I finally managed to press the shutter, but when I looked through the finder for the second time, the object was blurred by tears”.

These are some of the other photographs taken in Hiroshima that day… #gallery-3813-3 { margin: auto; } #gallery-3813-3 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-3813-3 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-3813-3 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */

A second atomic bomb was used on Nagasaki on 9 August, Japan surrendered on 15 August (see my post Strangely Familiar) and American occupied the country.




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