The city is very different today it's home to 1.2 million residents and filled with skyscrapers, apartment buildings and streetcars. Editorial photos looks at one photographer.
This day 70 year ago (6th August 1945) the world around him turned bright white, local newspaper photographer Yoshito Matsushige as he headed into work, the blast was so intense, feeling like hundreds of needles were stabbing Yoshito said. An hour later as he headed towards the newspaper office after the blast. On sighting the police box near the Miyuki Bridge, victims had started gathered mainly junior high school girls. Looking at the victims he picked up his camera, unable to press the shutter on a cruel sight. He too was a victim of the same bomb with only had minor injuries. Hesitating for a short time finally summoning the courage to capture the moment in history, moving closer to take the second picture today he clearly remember's his eyes clouded with tears in his camera's viewfinder. The feeling that everyone was looking at him angrily, he had to harden his heart to keep press the shutter button. The people around him must have thought he was cold-hearted as he was bringing no help. Walking for hours that day, shooting images of grisly scenes around the city, and coming across scenes where he was unabel to take the shot. Life magazine printed Matsushige ,suppressed by U.S. censors for years included scenesby photographers in Hiroshima that fatal day. LIFE magazine went into great detail how photographers in Hiroshima unable to force themselves to photograph and the worst scenes went unrecorded. An unnamed photographer clarified that point for many as he said many times I tried to trip the shutter release but the victim would ask for pity. It was too cruel, inhuman, to ignore their pleadings.