Listening to Shigeo Hayashi
Courtesy of Iwanami Shoten
|Hayashi's photos convey what is visible to the eye, but they go beyond that to stir the imagination. Superficially quiet scenes evoke for us people enveloped in swirling flames, people collapsing in screams. The spirit of photographer Shigeo Hayashi enables this level of communication.
In Hiroshima, Hayashi walked around the city all day on the strength of a single rice ball. He defied the occupation army's order and preserved his film. The film and photos entrusted to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum are more than a precious record of the bombing, to which Hayashi devoted his heart and soul. They reveal another aspect of Hayashi himself.
"Let our photos always be the final records of such an event."
It is our mission to permanently preserve and convey, along with his photos, the thoughts that burned in Hayashi's heart as he gazed around the burnt plain 61 years ago and the desire later expressed via the Anti-Nuclear Photography Movement.
Campbell-Stokes Sunshine Recorder
This recording paper for a Campbell-Stokes Sunshine Recorder was placed on the roof of the Hiroshima District Meteorological Observatory on August 6, 1945. The mushroom cloud rose at 8:15 a.m. A few minutes later, the sun that had shown its face for a short period that morning was shrouded by thick smoke due to fire. At 2:45 p.m., the black rain clouds dispersed, and sunlight returned about 10 minutes later.
Persons and institutions/companies who supported this exhibition(titles omitted, unordered)
Tateo Hayashi, Michio Ide (deceased), Ken'ichi Komatsu, Satoru Munakata; Iwanami Shoten, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Radiation Effects Research Foundation, Hiroshima City Ebayama Museum of Meteorology,
Main reference"Genbaku o totta otokotachi. 'Hankaku/shashin undou' hen". Kusanone Shuppankai.
"The men who photographed the atomic bomb. 'The anti-nuclear photography movement'"
"Genshibakudan. Hiroshima Nagasaki no shashin to kiroku". Nishina Kinenzaidan hensan. Koufuusha Shoten.
"Sensou no gurafizumu". Tagawa Seiichi cho. Heibonsha.
"Hiroshima genbaku sensaishi". Hiroshima shi.
"Hiroshima no hibaku kenzoubutsu wa kataru". Hiroshima shi.
"CD-ROM Iwanami Heiwa Myuujiamu". Ritsumeikan Daigaku Kokusai Heiwa Myuujiamu Kanshuu. Iwanami Shoten.
"Hayashi Shigeo shi kitakushashin no chousa". Ide Michio. Hiroshima Heiwa Kinen Shiryoukan kenkyuu jouhoukoku dai 2 gou.
The passage in the main text indicated with an asterisk (*) is a quote from "Bakushinchi Hiroshima ni hairu" ("Entering A-bomb hypocenter Hiroshima". Hayashi Shigeo cho. Iwanami Junia Shinsho).