Archive for the ‘Nagasaki’ Category

Nagasaki Shimbun

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

..February 2017.. ..Nagasaki..

The Nagasaki Shimbun just published an article about the From Above exhibtion which was held at the Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for Atomic Bomb Victims. From Above features portraits of atomic bomb and fire bombing victims from WWII.

Masatoshi Tsunenari

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

..January 2018.. ..Nagasaki..

Today I received the sad news that atomic bomb survivor Mr. Masatoshi Tsunenari passed away a couple of months ago. He was 89 years old.

I hadn’t seen Mr. Tsunenari since July 2010. He was a soft spoken person with a lot of compassion.

I will always be thankful that he agreed to meet with Mrs. Haruyo Nihei, a Tokyo fire bombing survivor, who wanted to tell her experience of surviving the fire bombing of Tokyo to an atomic bomb survivor. It was an amazing moment to see them listen and exchange stories. Tragic moments in time that changed their lives instantly.

Seeing Mr. Tsunenari listen to and accept Mrs. Nihei’s story was moving. I believe it was a great feeling of relief to Ms. Nihei to be able to share her experience.

This is there portrait I took near the hypocenter where the atomic bomb was detonated in Nagasaki. It’s also in my book From Above and I will show it next time the exhibition returns to Nagasaki.

Takeshi Minekawa

Friday, January 5th, 2018

..December 2017.. ..Nagasaki..

Photographing hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor) Takeshi Minekawa along the stream that flows near the hypocenter.

From Above

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

..December 2017.. ..Nagasaki..
Early morning photograph of hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor) Takeshi Minekawa along the stream that flows near the hypocenter.

This was the first place I had been to when I arrived in Nagasaki during September 2008. I crossed over the stone paths in the water and found my way to the hypocenter where the atomic bomb was detonated over the city. In the hours and days after detonation the water in the streams overflowed because dead bodies were piling up, blocking the water from flowing down stream. The injured, dying of thirst, would go to the stream to drink water and usually die on the spot.

Lilli Hornig

Monday, January 1st, 2018

..January 2018.. ..New York..

I recently found out that Lilli Hornig passed away on November 17th, 2017. She was a Manhattan Project scientist who worked on the atomic bomb which was dropped on Nagasaki.

I photographed her in 2014 when she was already frail. We had a long conversation about the development of the “Fat Man” atomic bomb and her discussion to sign a letter urging the US government not to drop the bomb on a populated area. The petition made no difference in the US government’s decision.

The other fascinating part of our discussion was her interaction with fellow Manhattan Project colleague Klaus Fuchs, who was later discovered as a Soviet spy who relayed vital information about US nuclear program.

Below is the portrait I took of Lilli at her home in Rhode Island.

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NHK World interview from Nagasaki

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

..December 2017.. ..Nagasaki..

NHK World broadcast an interview while I was photographing atomic bomb survivors at the From Above exhibition in Nagasaki.
Please click on this sentence to link to the broadcast.

You can also cut and paste this link into the browser:
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/newsroomtokyo/features/20171220.html

Fragile

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Akira Fukahori

Monday, December 18th, 2017

…December 2017… …Nagasaki…

Just received the sad news that atomic bomb survivor Akira Fukahori passed away. He attended the From Above exhibition opening two days prior. Unfortunate and unexpected news. It was an honor to photograph him last year.

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From Above exhibition at the Nagasaki Nation Peace Memorial Hall for Atomic Bomb Victims

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

..December 2017.. ..New York to Nagasaki..

Preparing prints for the From Above exhibition opening on December 9th at the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. There will be a question and answer session about the development of the project beginning at 11am. The exhibition features portraits of atomic bomb survivors from Nagasaki.

I will also be teaching photo workshops on December 9th and 10th concentrating on the use of photography and art to promote peace. Anyone who wants to attend the photo workshops has to sign up in advance to reserve a place. There is no admission fee. Anyone with a camera or cell phone camera can attend.

The project was exhibited in Nagasaki last year but there are plenty of new portraits that will be shown of hibkauhsa (atomic bomb survivors) I photographed during last year’s trip— with Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims in Nagasaki, Nagasaki.

The exhibition is open from December 9th-16th.
A few From Above limited edition books, which features portraits of atomic bomb and firebombing survivors from WWII, will be released for the exhibition. They are only available at http://www.photoeye.com/bookstore/citation.cfm?catalog=I1040&i&i2 or at the venue.

From Above exhibition at the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for Atomic Bomb Victims

Friday, November 24th, 2017

..November 2017..

My project From Above, featuring portraits of atomic bomb and fire bombing victims from WWII, will be exhibited as a part of the 2017 Nagasaki International Peace Film Forum. It will be taking place at the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims from December 9th-16th.

The opening is Saturday December 9th, which also includes a question and answer session about the development of the project.

I will also be teaching photo workshops on December 9th and 10th concentrating on the use of photography and art to promote peace. Anyone who wants to attend the photo workshops has to sign up in advance to reserve a place. There is no admission fee. Anyone with a camera or cell phone camera can attend.

The project was exhibited in Nagasaki last year but there are plenty of new portraits that will be shown of hibkauhsa (atomic bomb survivors) I photographed during last year’s trip— with Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims in Nagasaki, Nagasaki.

If you’re in Japan please attend.