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A-bomb Images

Atomic bombing as seen from photographs

At 8:15 a.m. on August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb dropped by the U.S. military exploded at an altitude of 600 meters above Hiroshima, destroying the city below. Befitting its description as an ‘indiscriminate weapon of destruction,’ the atomic bomb killed innumerable civilians. In this way, a single nuclear weapon led to the unimaginable. Numerous photographs, however, serve as silent “witnesses” to what happened in the city after the atomic bombing. In Hiroshima and Nagasaki, survey teams, military personnel, and members of the public captured the reality of the tragedy with their cameras. In April 2021, five photographic negatives taken by former Chugoku Shimbun photojournalist Yoshito Matsushige (1913∼2005) were designated as important tangible cultural properties by the Hiroshima City government. They are the only photographic record of the circumstances Hiroshima’s people faced beneath the mushroom cloud on the day of the atomic bombing, and the first photographic negatives of the A-bomb devastation to be designated as Hiroshima’s cultural property.

Japanese and English only
Jul. 29, 2021
Yoshito Matsushige’s five photo negatives
Mar. 29, 2021
Yoshito Matsushige’s photographic negatives, five “witnesses” of A-bombing, Part 3: Living materials
Mar. 29, 2021
Yoshito Matsushige’s photographic negatives, five “witnesses” of A-bombing, Part 2: On verge of deteriorating
Mar. 29, 2021
Yoshito Matsushige’s photographic negatives, five “witnesses” of A-bombing, Part 1: Only remaining photos taken that day
Mar. 27, 2021
Photographic negatives taken by Yoshito Matsushige designated as Hiroshima’s important cultural properties
Dec. 17, 2019
Special exhibition of Wakaji Matsumoto’s photos to be held at The Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles in 2021
Oct. 18, 2015
Landmarks of Hiroshima: Monument of the A-bombed Teachers and Students of National Elementary Schools
Sep. 29, 2015
Landmarks of Hiroshima: A-bomb Monument of Hiroshima Municipal Girls’ High School
Sep. 20, 2015
Landmarks of Hiroshima: The Statue of Mother and Child in the Storm
Jan. 1, 2015
Landmarks of Hiroshima: Rest House
Jan. 1, 2015
Landmarks of Hiroshima: Children’s Peace Monument
Jan. 1, 2015
Landmarks of Hiroshima: Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound
Jan. 1, 2015
Landmarks of Hiroshima: The Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims
Jan. 1, 2015
Landmarks of Hiroshima: Atomic Bomb Dome
Oct. 15, 2014
Hiroshima: 70 Years After the A-bombing: Donated Records
Aug. 5, 2014
Hiroshima: 70 Years After the A-bombing: Photographic record of the A-bombing
Mar. 27, 2014
Record of Hiroshima: Photographs taken for A-bomb surveys
Mar. 25, 2014
Record of Hiroshima: Pursuing the lost “Ten Views of the Atomic Bombing”
Mar. 25, 2014
Record of Hiroshima: Photos of A-bomb Dome taken by Yuichiro Sasaki
Mar. 18, 2014
Record of Hiroshima: Reconstruction after atomic bombing
Mar. 17, 2014
Record of Hiroshima: Photographs clearly show boundary of area where buildings were completely destroyed and burned
Mar. 14, 2014
Record of Hiroshima: Forgotten Domei news photos
Mar. 13, 2014
Record of Hiroshima: Nuclear Age Recorded
Mar. 13, 2014
Record of Hiroshima: Images of the Atomic Bombing
May 27, 2011
Photographs convey the misery of the bombing
May 27, 2011
Record of Hiroshima: In the footsteps of the Navy A-bomb survey team
May 27, 2011
The A-bomb Photographs of Shunkichi Kikuchi, Part Ⅲ: Tremendous Pain
May 27, 2011
The A-bomb Photographs of Shunkichi Kikuchi, Part Ⅱ: Images from Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital
May 27, 2011
The A-bomb Photographs of Shunkichi Kikuchi, Part Ⅰ: 783 Negatives Return to Hiroshima
Apr. 15, 2011
The Devastation of Hiroshima: A Record in Photographs – The City
Apr. 15, 2011
The Devastation of Hiroshima: A Record in Photographs – Human Beings
Feb. 21, 2009
Photos vividly depict Hiroshima before the atomic bombing
Jan. 3, 2008
“Peace Seeds”virtual museum