Images of "Peace Shadows" are taken at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

by Yumi Kanazaki, Staff Writer

On July 19, a photo-taking session was held at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum to capture images of the shadows of A-bomb survivors. The life-size shadows, imprinted on special photographic paper, are called Peace Shadows and these photos will be put on display at several sites in the city of Hiroshima in August to appeal for a world without nuclear weapons.

The A-bomb survivors, in turn, stood still in front of the photographic paper for three minutes. A blue shadow was cast on the paper by illuminating the subjects with a strong light.

Fourteen A-bomb survivors, including Kunihiko Sakuma, 65, took part in the photo-taking session. They were also interviewed about their A-bomb experiences because the photos will be posted on the Internet as well.

Kazue Sanuki, 69, said, "Under the strong light, I recalled the flash of the atomic bomb. It's a very painful memory, but I'd like to help younger people in their effort to appeal for nuclear abolition." On July 20, another nine A-bomb survivors will have their photos taken, too.

The idea of taking photos of shadows came from Tatsuo Miyajima, vice-president of Tohoku University of Art & Design. The "Yes! Campaign," a citizens' group in Hiroshima, and a number of people from Tokyo, including a copywriter for an advertising agency and a freelance photographer, are among the organizers for the exhibition of shadow photos.

From August 3-7, the completed shadow photos will be displayed at such places as the former Bank of Japan, Hiroshima Branch, and the Hiroshima Branch of NHK.

(Originally published on July 20, 2010)