In fiscal 2009, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum will hold a special exhibition, “Yuichiro Sasaki Photo Exhibition.” It will be the second of two special exhibitions to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial City Construction Law. A native of Hiroshima, photographer Yuichiro Sasaki lived in and continued taking photographs of Hiroshima throughout the post-war period. In over 30 years, he took more than 100,000 photographs. His images—records of various events such as the devastation caused by the A-bombing, the city’s remarkable reconstruction history, and the frictions and strains that arose in the reconstruction process—are also regarded as the epitome of the post-war history of Hiroshima. “Part 2: Pledging Peace” looks at the city’s recovery during the first 30 years after the A-bombing, and its ongoing commitment to consoling the spirits of the deceased, providing support for survivors, and handing down the A-bomb experience. As their lives settled down, the A-bomb survivors, while struggling with a unique agony and grieving for the departed, wished for peace from the bottom of their hearts. The process of their wishes gradually taking shape and resulting in new activities is seen in this second set of 120 photographs.

The Man Who Photographed Post-War Hiroshima

Yuichiro Sasaki

1917 Born in Hiroshima City.
1943 Arrived in Tokyo aiming to be a professional photographer. Studied at Oriental Photography School; began working for Nippon Shashin Kosha. Took photos for the informational magazine “Weekly Photography,” issued by the Cabinet's Intelligence Bureau.
1945 August 9: Visited Hiroshima as a photo journalist after receiving news that a new type of bomb had been dropped on Hiroshima. Prohibited by police from taking pictures so returned to Tokyo.
August 18: Returned to Hiroshima. Began taking photos from the ruins of his own home. Operated a photo studio, recording the post-war period in Hiroshima from then on.
1980 Passed away.
(photo) In 1980, around age 45