Friday, 9 August 2013

Remembering Nagasaki - Yosuke Yamahata (6/8/17 - 18/4/66)

68 years ago  August 8th 1955 ,a second atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki.
The bomb which used plutonium 239, was dropped by parachute at 1102 by an American B29 bomber.
Unlike Hiroshima, Nagasaki lied in a series of narrow valleys bordered  by mountains in the east and the west. The bomb exploded above the ground and directly beneath it was a suburb of schools, factories and private houses.
Among the 270,000 people present  when this criminal act occurred were 2,500 labour conscripts from Korea and 350 prisoners-of-war. Nagasaki was completely destroyed. About 73,884 people were killed and 74,909 injured, with the affected survivors suffering the same long-term catastrophic results of radiation and mental trauma as at Hiroshima.
Exposing the true exrent of human barbarism for years to come. On August 10th a day after this attack Yosuke Yamahata began photographing the devastation, over a period of 12 hours , he took over a hundred exposures. Later he himself was to become a casualty himself, on his 49th birthday and the twenteith anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima  he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, probably caused  by the effects of radiation, recieved at Nagasaki.
Today his images, still resonate with the truth, and the  shocking tragedy of this atriocity.

Robert Oppenheimer -

Now I become death , the destroyer of worlds

Further reading:-

Nagasaki Journey; The Photographs of Yosuke Yamahata.

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