These photographs were taken during a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Museum in Hiroshima, Japan. They are (re)photographs of two American Airforce reconnaissance photographs of Hiroshima city: one taken before the dropping of the atomic bomb that signalled the end of World War Two, and one taken several days later. The images are (re)presented side by side in a panoramic postcard format reminiscent of a 19th century 3-D stereoscopic photograph, and in a heavy black frame which includes the statement "HIROSHIMA - before and after the atomic bomb." on the lower border.

Reading the Photograph - Guiding Questions

What do you think the photographer is intending to communicate through presenting these images in this format?

Is it appropriate for a photographer to 'appropriate' existing documentary photographs, and 'recontextualise' them for his/her own purposes? Why? Why not?

Does the choice of font used in the text effect your interpretation of, and response to, this image? How? Why?

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