Hiromi Tsuchida

Deformed Nail

c. 1979-1982, printed 1994
Yoshio Hamada (26 at the time) was at Army Division Headquarters, 700 meters from the hypocenter. His left hand, which was hanging out of a window when the bomb fell, was burned by thermal radiation. His injury resulted in an abnormal growth of fingernails on his left hand. Even today he suffers from this continual abnormal growth. As the nails contain blood vessels, they cannot be trimmed without bleeding.
Title
Deformed Nail
Date
c. 1979-1982, printed 1994
Medium
Photograph
Materials
gelatin silver print
Dimensions
60.4 x 50.5 cm; image: 13.8 x 14 cm
Nationality
Japanese
Credit line
Gift of the artist, Tokyo, 1994
Accession number
37507