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.