Let's look at the Special Exhibit

Hiroshima on October 5,1945

From the roof of the Hiroshima Prefectural Commerce Association

Location: Moto-machi Distance from hypocenter: approx. 260m

The Life of Shigeo Hayashi

Shigeo Hayashi

Shigeo Hayashi

January 1942
At his base in Manchuria
Provided by Tateo Hayashi

Creator of the graphic magazine FRONT at Toho-sha

In 1941, Division 2 (Intelligence) of the Army General Staff Office established Toho-sha to create a tabloid size graphic magazine to communicate the culture and power of Japan domestically and abroad. When the first issue of FRONT was published in 1942, it displayed the latest print technology on tabloid-size gravure paper.
FRONT was supposed to promote Japanese culture during peaceful times, but the rapid plunge into full war changed its mission to trumpeting Japanユs might.
Hayashi entered Toho-sha in 1943 after completing three years of army service. The airplane-loving Hayashi was happy to risk boarding training planes to photograph bombers.

Photographing Hiroshima and Nagasaki

On September 19, 1945, Japan Film Corporation producer Ryuichi Kano asked Ihei Kimura, head of Toho-shaユs Photography Division, to supply two still photographers to the academic survey teams. It was decided that Kikuchi would join the medical sub-team, Hayashi would join the physics sub-team, and Tsuneo Tago, an employee who was still a student, would go along as an assistant. Hayashi and the others departed Tokyo on September 27. they began studying the damage on October 1. Hayashi took photos during the Nagasaki survey and returned to Tokyo on the 23rd.

Using photos to appeal for nuclear abolition

In 1982, about 550 photographers set up an office for the Anti-Nuclear Photography Movement. They gathered photographic records of the atomic bombings, published collections, and held photo exhibitions as a means of promoting the anti-nuclear movement. Hayashi was an enthusiastic participant. Taking leadership of the Steering Committee in 1984, he worked hard as a liaison among photographers collecting and preserving precious original prints and negatives.


1918 March
Born at Kami-osaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo.

1935 March, 17 years old
Graduated from Azabu Junior High School.

1938 March, 20 years old
Graduated from Tokyo Professional School of Photography (now, Tokyo Polytechnic University).

Entered Yokohama Cinema Film Processing Company.

1940 April, 22years old
Drafted into the army. Stationed for three years near the border between the former Soviet Union and China.

1943 March, 25 years old
Discharged from the army.

Entered Toho-sha.

1945 September - October, 27 years old
Dispatched to Hiroshima and Nagasaki as a member of the Special Committee for the Investigation of A-bomb Damage. Quit Toho-sha in August of that year.



1946 February
Joined Small-camera Professionals Collective.

1948 July, 30 years old
Entered Photograph Printing Corporation.

1958 July, 40 years old
Established Toyo Kobo. Thereafter worked as a commercial photographer.

1978 May, 60 years old
Held A-bomb photo panel display at conference for anti-nuclear groups in New York.

1982, 64 years old
Became founding member of and helped open an office for the "Anti-nuclear Photography Movement."

1984, 66 years old
Became chairman of the Anti-nuclear Photography Movement.

2000 August, 82 years old
Entrusted film and original prints to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.

2002 September
Died at age 84.

Shigeo Hayashi Photo Exhibition
Hiroshima on October 5,1945
The Life of Shigeo Hayashi
A record of Hiroshima’s devastation
  Looking out over the ruins
  Standing in the burnt plain
  Walking streets of rubble 1
  Walking streets of rubble 2
  Historical sites destroyed
Record of the Academic Survey Team
  A-bomb Damage Survey Activities
  Damage to Plants and Regrowth
  Listening to Shigeo Hayashi
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