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Maker(s):Kageyama Kōyō
Culture:Japanese (1907-1981)
Title:Tears in the Public Space in Front of the Imperial Palace
Date Made:1945-08-20
Materials:gelatin silver print
Measurements:Sheet: 11 x 14"; Image: 9.125 x 13"
Accession Number:  AC 2014.61
Credit Line:Museum purchase with gift of funds from Scott H. Nagle (Class of 1985) in honor of Samuel C. Morse, Howard M. and Martha P. Mitchell Professor of the History of Art and Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the Richard Templeton (Class of 1931) Photography Fund
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
Photographing the brutality of the war clearly took its toll on Kageyama. He writes how on the fifteenth of August he listened to the emperor announce the surrender of Japan with his fellow cameramen from the third-floor offices of the Asahi Newspapers. Soon after he went out to photograph in the public space in front of the Imperial Palace. There were few people there, but he did come upon a group of women from the women’s auxiliary corps, their eyes glistening with tears.

Professor Samuel C. Morse, 2015

women; fashion; urban; trees; parks; sadness

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