Hiroshima, 1945

Unidentified Photographer, [View of burned-over area with Hiroshima Kirin Beer Hall at far right], October 16, 1945 (2006.1.23)

Unidentified Photographer, [Burned-over landscape, looking east from Grid 6H], October 31, 1945 (2006.1.18)

Unidentified Photographer, [Burned-over landscape, looking northwest from Grid 5I, Hiroshima], October 31, 1945, (2006.1.298)

Unidentified Photographer, [Remains of a school building, Hiroshima], November 17, 1945 (2006.1.178)

Unidentified Photographer, [Building West of 4G-95/General view of machine shop west of building 4G-95], November 19, 1945 (2006.1.377)

Unidentified Photographer, [Burned-over landscape north of ground zero in the vicinity of Hiroshima Castle], October 31, 1945 (2006.1.278)

The United States detonated an atomic bomb over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. The above photos, once-classified by the US government, were made to record the destruction as part of the United States Strategic Bombing Survey. “The goal of the Survey’s Physical Damage Division was to photograph and analyze methodically the impact of the atomic bomb on various building materials surrounding the blast site, the first ‘Ground Zero.'” Source: Hiroshima, Ground Zero 1945.

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