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Incredible photo! Imagine the confusion and wonder those people were feeling, they look stunned and somehow serene.
It can’t be minutes, can it? More like seconds and those folks are all about to be vaporized.
How did the photo survive?
Horrific. What a strange world we live in that people think it’s ok to do that
My grandfather was in the Air Force and fairly high ranking. He was one of the first people on the ground after the bombs were dropped. His job was to take photos and directly report to General MacArthur. My grandfather’s photos can be seen in some museums as well as John Hersey’s book *Hiroshima.* The rest of the photos he burned in a fire when I was younger because of the traumatizing/graphic nature. Some of these photos were of walls/bridges that looked like shadows of people but it was just the carbon imprint left from their bodies. The one that stood out for me was a woman with the lower half of her face completely burned/melted because she was standing in front of a window when the blast hit. I still have the camera he used to take the photos which I keep bagged/boxed up as it’s covered in white dots from the radiation exposure. I’ll upload photos of it when I get a chance.
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Jesus. How have I never seen this incredible picture? It should be iconic.
How was this taken? is it fake?
Why are those two in the foreground discussing which one is going to bring the beer to their Wednesday night canasta do?
I haven’t seen this one. Incredible photo…
Every time I visit the National Air Force Museum here in Dayton, I can’t help but stand and stare at Bockscar, and just try to comprehend the devastation that one plane caused. I just can’t do it. It’s impossible for me to fathom that this actually happened.
Amazing. Really great photo that hasn’t (yet) been posted 100 times.
This photo leaves me with conflicting feelings of amazement and shame
Has anyone verified this is a real photo? There are three people in the foreground and none of them are even looking at a massive mushroom cloud
Is there a colorized version?
“Did you hear something..?” -Those two guys on the right.
What a terrifying moment in human history
How is this not genocide though?