Alfred Eisenstaedt Mother and Child, Hiroshima
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)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
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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