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Japan 1945 : a U.S. Marine's photographs from Ground Zero

Author: Joe O'Donnell
Publisher: Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In September 1945 Joe O'Donnell was a twenty-three-year-old Marine Corps photographer wading ashore in Japan, then under American occupation. His orders were to document the aftermath of U.S. bombing raids in Japanese cities, including not only Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but also cities such as Sasebo, one of the more than sixty Japanese cities firebombed before the atomic blasts. "The people I met," he now recalls,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Pictorial works
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
O'Donnell, Joe, 1922-2007.
Japan 1945.
Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, 2005
(OCoLC)607733977
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joe O'Donnell
ISBN: 0826514677 9780826514677 9780826516121 0826516122
OCLC Number: 56050962
Description: xiv, 87 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword, After the bomb, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the photographic record, by Mark Selden --
Preface --
Japan 1945, images --
Landing --
Sasebo --
Fukuoka --
Hiroshima --
Nagasaki --
Afterword.
Responsibility: Joe O'Donnell.
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"In September 1945 Joe O'Donnell was a twenty-three-year-old Marine Corps photographer wading ashore in Japan, then under American occupation. His orders were to document the aftermath of U.S. bombing raids in Japanese cities, including not only Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but also cities such as Sasebo, one of the more than sixty Japanese cities firebombed before the atomic blasts. "The people I met," he now recalls, "the suffering I witnessed, and the scenes of incredible devastation taken by my camera caused me to question every belief I had previously held about my so-called enemies."" "In addition to the official photographs he turned over to his superiors, O'Donnell recorded some three hundred images for himself, but following his discharge from the Marines he could not bear to look at them. He put the negatives in a trunk that remained unopened until 1989, when he finally felt compelled to confront once more what he had seen through his lens during his seven months in post-war Japan." "Exhibited in Europe and Japan during the 1990s, O'Donnell's photographs were first published in book form in a 1995 Japanese edition. This edition, the first to appear in the United States, includes an additional twenty photographs and will bring O'Donnell's eloquent testament to the horrors of war to an even wider audience."--Jacket.

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