‘Ground Zero 1945’
Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945
After the United States detonated an atomic bomb at Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the U.S. government restricted the circulation of images of the bomb's deadly effect.
President Truman dispatched some 1,150 military personnel and civilians, including photographers, 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." The haunting, once-classified images of absence and annihilation formed the basis for civil defense architecture in the United States. This exhibition includes approximately 60 contact prints drawn from a unique archive of more than 700 photographs in the collection of the International Center of Photography. The exhibition is organized by Erin Barnett, Assistant Curator of Collections.
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Produced and directed by Adam Harrison Levy
Edited by Stephanie Gould
Music by Paul Brill
This exhibition was made possible with funds provided by the ICP Acquisitions Committee and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945 Book!
— Steidl have a new photographic book out about Hiroshima
These pictures are taken from the United States Strategic Bombing Survey, which sent 1,150 people – including military personnel and civilians – to document the effects of the bomb. AT one time these pictures were classified but they’ve been released in this book, alongside texts about the period. From Steidl.
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