Signed and dated in ink and photographer's stamp on verso. Taken in December of 1945 following the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, August 6, 1945. Used: Witness to Our Time; pg. 125 (Viking).
In Witness to Our Time, Eisenstaedt wrote about touring a stunned nation with Emperor Hirohito during a four month visit to Japan in 1945 -1946 following WWII after bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He said, “Earlier, when I had gone to Hiroshima, hardly a building was standing, but the people had cleared all the rubble from the streets. A mother and child were wandering near a ruined site where once they had lived. They were looking at some green vegetables they had raised from seeds planted in the ruins. When I asked the woman if I could take her picture, she bowed deeply and posed for me. Her expression was one of bewilderment, anguish, and resignation. I did not ask whether her husband had died in the blast or whether he was still in the Army or a prisoner of war. All I could do, after I had taken the picture, was bow very deeply before her."
A very rare image in a large vintage print.
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Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1945 Print Date 1945
Dimensions 13-3/8 x 10-11/16 in. (340 x 271 mm)
Photo Country Japan
Photographer Country United States (USA)
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