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War Machines
2009

War Machines

Shunkichi Kikuchi

HIROSHIMA (Japan 1945)

After the Americans dropped their atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, the Japanese Ministry of Education assembled a special team to prepare a survey of the damage. The Nippon Eiga-sha film company was called in to shoot documentary footage. They took along the seasoned photographer Shunkichi Kikuchi to produce stills for them. His primary task was to record the victims, in order to gather medical information for doctors. More than sixty years later Kikuchi’s photographs are still a penetrating document regarding the horrors of the atomic bomb.

  • HIROSHIMA (Japan 1945)

    After the Americans dropped their atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, the Japanese Ministry of Education assembled a special team to prepare a survey of the damage. The Nippon Eiga-sha film company was called in to shoot documentary footage. They took along the seasoned photographer Shunkichi Kikuchi to produce stills for them. His primary task was to record the victims, in order to gather medical information for doctors. More than sixty years later Kikuchi’s photographs are still a penetrating document regarding the horrors of the atomic bomb.

  • HIROSHIMA (Japan 1945)

  • HIROSHIMA (Japan 1945)

Biography

Hiroshima (1945)

After the Americans dropped their atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, the Japanese Ministry of Education assembled a special team  to prepare a survey of the damage. The Nippon Eiga-sha film company was called in to shoot documentary footage. They took along the seasoned photographer Shunkichi Kikuchi to produce stills for them. His primary task was to record the victims, in order to gather medical information for doctors. More than sixty years later Kikuchi’s photographs are still a penetrating document regarding the horrors of the atomic bomb.

After his studies at the Oriental School of Photography Shunkichi Kikuchi (Japan, 1916-1990) began a career as a press photographer. As a staff photographer for the magazine Front he travelled to China, Manchuria and The Philippines during World War II. After the war he became interested in scientific photography. He died of leukaemia, which some believe to have been a consequence of his work in Hiroshima.

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