Hiroshima

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Unidentified Photographer, [Ruins, Hiroshima], October 14-November 26, 1945

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Unidentified Photographer, [Rooftop view of destruction, Hiroshima], October 14-November 26, 1945

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Unidentified Photographer, [Ruins of Commercial Display Building (A-Bomb Dome), Hiroshima], October 14-November 26, 1945

(This building currently houses the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.)

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Unidentified Photographer, [Ruins of Machine Shop near Honkawa Elementary School, Hiroshima], October 14-November 26, 1945

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Unidentified Photographer, [Interior of unidentified structure near Ground Zero, Hiroshima], October 14-November 26, 1945

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Unidentified Photographer, [Remains of Odamasa Store (?), Hiroshima], October 14-November 26, 1945

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Unidentified Photographer, [Interior of City Hall, Hiroshima], October 14-November 26, 1945

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Unidentified Photographer, [Interior detail of rubble of Nagarekawa Church, Hiroshima], October 14-November 26, 1945

In 2006, ICP acquired over 700 photographs documenting the destruction of  Hiroshima (additional images can be seen here). These pictures, taken by the United States Strategic Bombing Survey’s Physical Damage Division, provided a comprehensive overview of the effects of the nuclear bomb “Little Boy” dropped on August 6, 1945. The US military was especially interested in how diferrent building materials (concrete, steel, wood, etc.) responded to the blast. Adam Harrison Levy wrote about the discovery of the pictures in a suitcase in Watertown, Massachusetts, and their journey to ICP. The photographs in Hiroshima: the United States Strategic Bombing Survey Archive have been organized by location and identifieable structure when possible. Other images have been sorted according to general interior and exterior views as well as by building material.

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About erinbarnett

Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the International Center of Photography, New York
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