Kikujiro Fukushima’s life in photography took off when he promised to avenge the Hiroshima bombing. It was 1952, and Mr. Fukushima — a watchmaker, volunteer social worker and photographer — met Sugimatsu Nakamura, a 43-year-old fisherman, who was gravely ill from the atomic bomb’s effects.
“For the first two years I was too timid to photograph him,” Mr. Fukushima told me a few weeks ago. “But one day, he got on his knees, crying, and begged me.”
“Fukushima, can you please take revenge on the atomic bomb?”
“Yes, but how?”
“Take pictures of my pain and let the world know how terrible it is.”
“Photographing Hiroshima, Fukushima and Everything in Between” —NY Times Lens Blog
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