These 10 Pictures were taken by an unknown Japanese photographer and were found in 1945 among rolls of undeveloped film in a cave outside Hiroshima by U.S. serviceman Robert L. Capp, who was attached to the occupation forces… Unlike most photos of the Hiroshima bombing, these dramatically convey the human as well as material destruction unleashed by the atomic bomb and were apparently taken very shortly after the bomb was dropped.
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“I came across these will research my recent book on the bomb, Atomic Tragedy,” he tells DANGER ROOM. “They were found in a cave outside Hiroshima by a U.S. serviceman who was part of the occupation forces. We have no information about who took the photos, what became of him/her, or why the photos ended up in a cave. The serviceman held onto to them in his personal collection until 1998, when he donated them to the Hoover Archives [at Stanford University] with the provision that they not be reproduced until 2008. I included three of these photos in my book, but I wanted to make them all publicly available.”