What the Immediate Aftermath of Hiroshima Looked Like

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These photographs were taken in Hiroshima immediately after the bomb exploded.  They show what nuclear war looks like from the perspective of the victims.  [Source: WordPress.com, Iconic Photos, “Hiroshima, August 6, 1945”]  It is not necessary to explain these images.  We append a copy of a statement made by the photographer Yoshito Matsushige describing his experiences that day.


















Yoshito Matsushige was a 32 year old cameraman for the Chugoku Newspaper at that time. He was at his home in Midori-cho, 2.7kilometers from the hypocenter when the A-bomb was dropped. He walked around the city right after the bombing and took five photographs which have become important historical documents.

MATSUSHIGE:  “I had finished breakfast and was getting ready to go to the newspaper when it happened. There was a flash from the indoor wires…

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