Human shadows walk by the photo exhibit Flash of Light, Wall of Fire at the Briscoe Center for American History

Briscoe Center Exhibit Marks 75th Anniversary of Japan Bombings

  • Aug 19, 2021

When the United States dropped atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II, more than fifty amateur and professional Japanese photographers documented the devastation in the immediate aftermath. Seventy-five years later, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History commemorates the tragedy with Flash of Light, Wall of Fire, an exhibition that runs Aug. 26 through Jan. 28, 2022, in Austin.  

A compelling selection of photographs from the center’s Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Photographs Archive joins more recent photographs of artifacts from the bombings by Tsuneo Enari, a member of the Anti-Nuclear Photographers’ Movement of Japan. The combination brings viewers face to face with the human and environmental costs of nuclear war. 

Learn more about Flash of Light, Wall of Fire on the Briscoe Center’s website.