Remembering Hiroshima

United States Strategic Bombing Survey, Physical Damage Division, [Ruins of Shima Surgical Hospital, Hiroshima], October 24, 1945

(The ruins of the Hiroshima Prefectural Exhibition Hall, now the
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, are visible in the background.)

Yoshito Matsushige, [Dazed survivors huddle together in the street ten minutes after the atomic bomb was dropped on their city, Hiroshima], 1945

Bernard Hoffman, [People walking through the ruins of Hiroshima in the weeks following the atomic bomb blast], 1945

Carl Mydans, [People walking along road through decimated region where atomic bomb dropped, Hiroshima], 1945

George Silk, [Aerial view of Hiroshima after the atomic bomb blast], September 6, 1945

On August 6, 1945, the United States, at war with Japan, detonated the world’s first atomic bomb over Hiroshima, a vast port city of over 350,000 inhabitants. The blast obliterated about 70 percent of the city and caused the deaths of more than 140,000 people. Three days later, the United States dropped a second nuclear bomb on Nagasaki, resulting in another 80,000 fatalities. Within a week, Japan announced its surrender to the Allied Powers, effectively ending World War II.

Join writer Greg Mitchell, writer and documentary film producer and director Adam Harrison Levy, and curator Erin Barnett at ICP on August 17 for a discussion on how the ground-breaking images that make up the Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945 exhibition at ICP were discovered and how the moving film footage shot in post-bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki was censored by the U.S. government.

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Assistant Curator, Collections at the International Center of Photography, New York
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2 Responses to Remembering Hiroshima

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  2. Bruce Miller says:

    Terrible truth lies in the “lost” photos of the folks with skin peeling form their hides, smoking bodies, shadows burnt in the cement where people were reduced to ash in an instant. Even the alarming cancer stats in the aftermath, or even records of the radiation sickness for many, ending in horrible deaths, the vomiting, hair loss and more. This is an almost deliberate white wash and hardly reflects the truth.
    80% of u.S. population live within 40 miles of a uranium fissioning reactor. The larger part of U.S. reactors are holding up to four times design capacity for waste fuel rods. We are assured by the authorities, no accidents can occur in the U.S. of A. 9/11?

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