An unknownphotographer (Hall, 2015) who documented the aftermath of the Hiroshima attackbelieved that has died shortly after the event.
The photographer himself andthe people depicted in the photos were exposed to fatal levels of radiation.There is a really interesting story “behind” the exhibition of this series ofphotos. The photographer died before the camera went on sale 70 years ago, thephotographs were discovered 12 years ago, but were displayed for the first timein a museum 2 years ago. MotivationsLatephotography is not visually complex (Johnstone 2015); it straightforwardlypresents the details of the aftermath sites. There is a need thought the viewerto be provided with more details to understand what they are viewing and which thecatastrophic event was.
The viewer isinvited to pause, acknowledge the event and reflect on what happened a littleor long time before the photograph taken, and caused suffering at the time thathappened and possibly still causing suffering today. It might allow the viewer to think about whatthey are viewing. Hence, from an otherwise simple representation of an event,more complicated discussions can be raised. Due to their disturbing naturethese images are aimed to raise political action (Lisle, 2011), (Sontag, 2003).These imageswere not taken to pleasure the viewer. Photographers have different reasons andmotivations to cover the aftermath of events.
João Pina (Pina, 2014) tookphotos of survivors, families of people who disappear and the places everythinghappened in South America during the Operation Condor. He took the photosaround 30 years after the events and aimed to create images of somethinghappened in the past, hoping that the resulting work would not only create avisual memory but also aid survivors and bring those responsible to justice. Dan Kitwood (Kitwood)visited Philippines to capture the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. They have gonethere to document the destruction and the ability to adapt. What surprised themwas that the people were not desperate but hopeful as they were trying to adaptand move on. Uma Kinoshita(Love, 2014) documented Fukushima a year after the nuclear disaster which wasinitiated by the tsunami. Kinoshita wanted to show the extreme loneliness,despair and grief, from which people cannot escape after a catastrophic event.