A-bomb Images

Images from 2,100 A-bomb photos obtained by Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

by Kyosuke Mizukawa, Staff Writer

At the end of last year, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum obtained about 2,100 photos that are related to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. These images were acquired in the United States.

Staff members from the museum examined photos in the collections of three U.S. institutions for the first time: the U.S. Library of Congress, the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command, and the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Photos related to the atomic bombing were duplicated by scanning or photographing from close range and then brought back to Hiroshima.

In late January, the museum showed 10 of these photos to the media. The images include aerial photos that show the devastation of Hiroshima, which were taken from different angles than those in the museum’s collection, and a photo signed by the crew of the Enola Gay, the American B-29 bomber that dropped the atomic bomb on the city. The photos will be added to the museum’s website to provide further evidence to the public of the catastrophic consequences of the use of nuclear weapons, rather than as a tool for the U.S. military to assess the destructive power of the atomic bomb, which was seemingly the intended purpose of the photos when they were taken.

(Originally published on February 4, 2017)