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Maker(s):Kageyama Kōyō
Culture:Japanese (1907-1981)
Title:Air Drill Without Warning
Date Made:1944-06-19
Materials:gelatin silver print
Measurements:Sheet: 14 x 11"; Image: 13 x 8.875"
Accession Number:  AC 2014.58
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:
Kageyama constantly documented the life of his family members as they dealt with the deprivations brought on by the war. They constructed an underground air-raid shelter in the garden of their house in Tamagawa Garden City at the western edge of Tokyo and were obligated to participate in air-raid drills. In the extensive comments on the photographs he took at this time, Kageyama describes the uncertainties he and his family faced—a shortage of food and the constant fear of attack. Kageyama’s wife stands in the entrance next to their oldest son, Tadahide, with their third child, Tomohiro, on her back. She holds a bag containing all their official documents. Their second child, Kazuyo, stands at the back between her grandmother and their maid.

Professor Samuel C. Morse, 2015

families; gardens; women; children; households; wars

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