Joe O’donnell

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Joe O'Donnell (1922-2007) served as a combat photographer in the United States Marines during World War II, eventually receiving orders to photograph Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Tokyo shortly after the final bombings in August 1945. He later worked for the U.S. Information Agency, photographing Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson. In Japan in the 1980s O'Donnell published Japan 1945: A US Marine's Photos from Ground Zero; an American edition was released in 2005. O'Donnell passed away in 2007 at the age of 85. 

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June/July 2005

Stationed near Nagasaki at the close of the war, a young photographer ventured into the devastated city, and stayed for months