Attraction 1-5-25 Otemachi Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0051, Hiroshima Prefecture Published on: 27-02-2016
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Why Ground Zero is special ?
After the United States detonated an atomic bomb at Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the U.S. government restricted the circulation of images of the bomb's deadly effect. President Truman dispatched some 1,150 military personnel and civilians, including photographers, to record the destruction as part of the United States Strategic Bombing Survey. The goal of the Survey's Physical Damage Division was to photograph and analyze methodically the impact of the atomic bomb on various building materials surrounding the blast site, the first "Ground Zero." The haunting, once-classified images of absence and annihilation formed the basis for civil defense architecture in the United States. This exhibition includes approximately 60 contact prints drawn from a unique archive of more than 700 photographs in the collection of the International Center of Photography. The exhibition is organized by Erin Barnett, Assistant Curator of Collections.
What to explore at Ground Zero?
Ground Zero 1945 presents a selection of these once confidential images alongside critical texts. 1,100 photographs were taken, and 865 of them published in the classified report The Effects of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima, Japan (1947). Today, 700 of these images are part of the permanent collection at the International Center of Photography.
How to get to Ground Zero?
By city train No.2 bound for Hiroden-Miyajima or No.6 bound for Eba from JR Hiroshima Station and get off at "Genbaku dome-mae"station.
- An important piece of history
- The Hidden Secret
- Being Water as a Token of Respect
- A noteworthy landmark
- Has more meaning if you know the history
1-5-25 Otemachi Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0051, Hiroshima Prefecture
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SUMMARY: This exhibit is not meant to entertain! It's disappointing that some people suggest that it's nothing much to look at. Rather, it underscores how normal and insignificant the day was when hell struck. Imagine, everybody goes about their daily business on a normal uneventful day when a bright hot flash a hundred feet overhead changes the course of human history. I suggest that you stand in front of the plaque, close your eyes, and imagine what it was like and count yourself very, very fortunate that you are in a position today to complain as opposed to being vaporized. As a token of respect, bring water so that the victims can quench their thirst!
Very moving place.