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1945 Domei photos of Hiroshima A-bombing devastation restored as panorama

Kyodo

The original printed version of five photographs showing the devastation in Hiroshima after the August 1945 atomic bombing had been restored as of Tuesday.

The five photos, which were taken from the penthouse of the seven-story Chugoku Shimbun newspaper’s headquarters building in the city of Hiroshima, were restored by Kyodo News and combined into a panorama photo with about a 160 degree field of view.

The photographs, found at the Research Institute for Radiation, Biology and Medicine of Hiroshima University, were taken by a photographer from Domei News Agency, the predecessor to Kyodo News and Jiji Press.

The photographer went to Hiroshima on Aug. 9, 1945, and appears to have taken the pictures from Aug. 10 through around Aug. 17. The Chugoku Shimbun building was the then tallest structure in Hiroshima as many other buildings there were destroyed in the Aug. 6 atomic bombing.

One of the five original photographs was distributed by Domei News Agency and printed in newspapers nationwide from Aug. 19 that year, while another was distributed to foreign newspapers, including The New York Times in September the same year, according to Kyodo News.

The panorama photo is scheduled to be exhibited at Tokyo International Forum from Aug. 27.

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