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Images of destruction: Hiroshima 64 years later

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Last week Design Observer republished an online slideshow of photographs, 100 in all, of the destruction left after the bombing of Hiroshima. The gallery originally appeared last November and I missed seeing them then. They’ve resurfaced to commemorate the 64th anniversary of the bombing.

The images are haunting. They show the destruction of a city wiped off the map. Total annihilation.

As compelling is how the images were found. DO writes “one rainy night eight years ago, in Watertown, Massachusetts, a man was taking his dog for a walk. On the curb, in front of a neighbor’s house, he spotted a pile of trash: old mattresses, cardboard boxes, a few broken lamps. Amidst the garbage he caught sight of a battered suitcase. He bent down, turned the case on its side and popped the clasps.

He was surprised to discover that the suitcase was full of black-and-white photographs. He was even more astonished by their subject matter: devastated buildings, twisted girders, broken bridges — snapshots from an annihilated city. He quickly closed the case and made his way back home.”

The US government strictly limited distribution of these images. So these photos are even more unique due to their scarcity. In a world where war still rages I was left with a pit in my stomach.