Hiroshima Images Released

United States Strategic Bombing Survey, Physical Damage Division, [Distorted steel-frame structure of Odamasa Store, Hiroshima], November 20, 1945. International Center of Photography 


Once classified images of the devastation at Hiroshima on show at New York’s International Center of Photography


“One rainy night eight years ago, in Watertown, Massachusetts,” writes Adam Harrison Levy on the Design Observer, “a man was taking his dog for a walk. On the curb, in front of a neighbor’s house, he spotted a pile of trash: old mattresses, cardboard boxes, a few broken lamps. Amidst the garbage he caught sight of a battered suitcase. He bent down, turned the case on its side and popped the clasps.” Inside were photos of complete devastation. Hiroshima Ground Zero 1945, currently showing at The International Center of Photography in New York presents a selection of once-classified images taken at the time for the United States Strategic Bombing Survey. The US Government at the time restricted the public’s access to images of the devastation but these images according to the exhibitions curators, shaped the landscape of the nation in the evolution civil defence architecture and bomb resistant construction.


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