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Hiroshima - Nagasaki Document

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2007,3007.180

  • Title (object)

    • Hiroshima - Nagasaki Document
  • Description

    Photobook. First edition. Together with a 54pp. volume of English text and a letterpress in Japanese.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1961
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Curator's comments

    “The record of man's striving and suffering cannot but evoke human feeling. Emotion can destroy; but it can also illuminate thought and nourish useful action. The purpose of this book is to arouse in its reader such emotions as will guide and encourage them in their efforts for peaceful progress toward those goals to which we all aspire.” Weighty, shadowy photos with plenty of black to stir the spirit. There is an unexpected amount of provocative Christian imagery, rosaries, crucifixes, graves, and the ruins of Murakami cathedral, but one is left feeling uncertain if this is a direct attack or simply a record. And if the images are not enough, the accompanying booklet makes for uncomfortable reading. The argument that the bombs shortened the war and saved American lives is clearly simplistic. Characteristically, any mention of the Japanese aggression is absent. Introduction by Yukawa Hideki, paintings by Iri Maruki & Toshiko Maruki, explanatory notes by Sakuma Kiyoshi, Kusano Nubuo, and Hata Toshio. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)

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  • Exhibition history

    2008 Jun-Aug, BM G3, 'Reflecting on Modern Japan'

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2007

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    2007,3007.180

  • Additional IDs

    • PB.177 (Photobook number)

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