This Photograph was taken by Yamahata Yosuke in Nagasaki the day after the bombing, it shows a mangled Horse sitting buried under the debris of the shattered city. Mr. Yamahata took this photo in the zone of the city where blast damage had reduced everything to smashed rubble of a uniform size.
Not a single living thing had survived in this zone. Birds had fallen from the sky... their wings singed off by Atomic fire. Humans, Dogs, Cats, Horses... even insects became victims to the life destroying bomb.
At 28 years old, Yamahata Yosuke was the first Photographer to enter Nagasaki after the Atomic Bombing of August 9th. Entering the city the day after it had been devastated, Mr. Yamahata wandered amongst the ruins of the radioactive wasteland documenting the effects of the bomb. He took more
than 100 photographs.... the most extensive documentation from either Hiroshima or Nagasaki. Mr. Yamahata became violently ill in August of 1965 on the 20th Anniversary of the Bombing. He died a year later of Cancer at the age of 48.
To commemorate the 56th Anniversary of the Bombing of Nagasaki, ART FOR A CHANGE is presenting an exhibition of 12 hibakusha Paintings. The works are accompanied by text and the testimony of the Artists. The hibakusha Art can be found at the following URL;