February 1 – July 28, 2013
An exhibition of images taken by the late Nashville photographer Joe O’Donnell in 1945 post-war Japan. The exhibit showcases 22 of the most compelling images O’Donnell took while serving in the U.S. Marines Corps in Japan. O’Donnell enlisted in the U.S. Marines Corps in 1943 at the age of 20 and was assigned as a photographer with the 5th Division. In 1945, he was given the order to document the aftermath of U.S. bombing raids on the Japanese cities struck by atomic bombs, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. During the seven months he spent on assignment, he also photographed cities such as Sasebo, one of the more than 60 Japanese cities that had been firebombed.
Japan 1945: Image by U.S. Marine Photographer Joe O’Donnell was organized by the Tennessee State Museum and will be on exhibit through July 28. 2013.