The Optics of Urban Ruination

  title={The Optics of Urban Ruination},
  author={David Fedman and Cary Karacas},
  journal={Journal of Urban History},
  pages={959 - 984}
World War II yielded many photographs of bombed-out cities. In this paper we telescope between two sets and scales of images that represent the principal frames through which the American and Japanese publics have memorialized the incendiary bombings that laid waste to urban Japan: aerial photographs taken by the US Army Air Forces during its wartime planning, prosecution, and assessment of the raids; and the ground-level images captured by Ishikawa Ko–yo–, a photographer working on behalf of… Expand

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