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Hiroshima

Unidentified Japanese photographer, Hiroshima, August 6, 1945

 

Unidentified Japanese photographer
Hiroshima
August 6, 1945
digital print of black and white negative
10 x 8 in.
lent by a private collector
photo by David Nufer

 

Unidentified American photographer, Hiroshima, August 6, 1945

Unidentified American photographer
Hiroshima
August 6, 1945
digital file
National Archives, 542192

Photographs of the mushroom clouds over Japan are inherently political in their alternative perspectives. Mushroom clouds over Hiroshima and Nagasaki taken by Japanese photographers present emotional views of confusion and human suffering. These are rarely shown in the United States. Views taken by members of the B-29 crews present impersonal, military views that do not provide any context of the human impact on the ground.