11:02 Nagasaki

Shomei Tomatsu Japanese

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 231

Shomei Tomatsu believed that Nagasaki has two times: August 9, 1945, at 11:02 a.m. (when the atomic bomb exploded) and the time since then during which the suffering continued. "Both times must not be forgotten," he wrote. With its iconic cover featuring the artist’s photograph of a stopped wristwatch, the book chronicles the immediate and longterm aftermath of the disaster. Tomatsu records the faces of victims with disfiguring keloid scars, melted glass bottles in distorted shapes, and, in painful opposition, views of the city’s postwar prosperity.

11:02 Nagasaki, Shomei Tomatsu (Japanese, Aichi, Nagoya 1930–2012 Naha, Okinawa)

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