Japan 1945: A U.S. Marine's Photographs from Ground Zero

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Vanderbilt University Press, 2005 - History - 87 pages
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"In addition to the official photographs he turned over to his superiors, O'Donnell recorded some three hundred images for himself, but following his discharge from the Marines he could not bear to look at them. He put the negatives in a trunk that remained unopened until 1989, when he finally felt compelled to confront once more what he had seen through his lens during his seven months in post-war Japan." "Exhibited in Europe and Japan during the 1990s, O'Donnell's photographs were first published in book form in a 1995 Japanese edition. This edition, the first to appear in the United States, includes an additional twenty photographs and will bring O'Donnell's eloquent testament to the horrors of war to an even wider audience."--BOOK JACKET.

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In 1941, 19-year-old O'Donnell enlisted in the marines and four years later was sent to photograph the fire- and atomic-bombing destruction in western Japan. Though his official images have ... Read full review

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For more than twenty years, Joe O'Donnell worked for the United States Information Agency, photographing U.S. presidents, world leaders, and unfolding history. When he died in 2007, controversy erupted over his mistaken claims late in life to several iconic photographs of Truman and the Kennedys. The photographs in Japan 1945 are from the 4x5 negatives in the possession of his widow.

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