Nicholas Orzio’s Occupied Japan

At age 19, Nicholas Orzio was given a rare opportunity and a great responsibility to document the World War II recovery efforts throughout Japan during the United States Occupation. Given a camera, jeep, driver, and a pass signed by General Douglas MacArthur, Orzio set out for two years on his mission.

The images Orzio captured in 1948 and 1949 describe in incredible detail not only the physical recover and struggle of Japanese people, but also a glimpse into the moods and emotions of men, women, and the children. Sadly, Orzio has passed on February 5, 2016.

Image: Nicholas Orzio, Clouds and Crowds

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