Post mortem photographer Michael G. Tss says his passion for photography began in the late 1950s, when he was commissioned to photograph the victims of the atomic bomb blast at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
His work is among the most recognizable images of the Hiroshima and Naha blasts.
His photos show the devastation from both the atomic bombs, which killed tens of thousands of people, and the radiation that contaminated the city.
Now he’s an executive producer of a new documentary series, called Post Mortem Photography: The Stories Behind the Faces, which follows his work from its inception in the early 1970s through his retirement in 2010.
The series focuses on some of the most famous photojournalists in the world.
“I think that the people who have been involved with my work over the years have all had a special relationship with the photos,” said Tss, who lives in Washington.
“The people who were in Hiroshima and people who lived there are people I grew up with.
The people who grew up on Nagasaki are people who I have been to.”
He is now a professor of history at George Washington University and is currently writing a book on the history of photography in Japan.
His photography has been used as a source of inspiration for documentaries, especially those focused on the atomic bombing.
“People are very grateful for the work that I do and the work of the photographers that I have photographed,” he said.
“They want to know that what I’m doing is meaningful and important to them.”
Tss said the idea for his series came about when he realized he wanted to document the victims and their loved ones, not just the photographers.
“A lot of the people that I grew to love are the ones who died in the bombs,” he explained.
“It just sort of struck me that it was so important to do something that is not just about the photo but also the story behind it.”
For the series, Tss has used some of his favorite images, from the men and women who were photographed by him at Hiroshima, Nagasaki and other places.
For example, a photograph of the victims taken at Hiroshima on Sept. 14, 1945, is one of the best-known photos of the bombings.
It captures the face of the man in the foreground.
The photographer who took the photograph was a woman who had just graduated from university.
TSS said the image also inspired him to create a series of photos that show the lives of the women and children who were injured or killed.
“One of the things that really sticks out to me about the Hiroshima victims is that they are the women that were taken, not the men,” Tss told The Washington Times.
“In the war, there was this belief that women were not as capable as men.
They didn’t have the knowledge.
And so they were not able to make their own decisions.
They were just as helpless as the men were.”
In a post-atomic bombing photo from Hiroshima, TSS stands next to a photograph taken by a woman at Hiroshima that he said illustrates the idea that women did not have the same capabilities as men during the war.
A photo of a woman taken at Nagasaki is another of his favorites.
He said the photo of the woman taken there on Sept-14, 1945 shows a lot of women.
“And I really like the photo because it shows the kind of world that women are not used to,” he added.
“That’s the picture of a world where women are less capable than men, and I think that’s important to me.”
One of his most popular photographs, of a man at Hiroshima in the summer of 1945, shows a young girl.
The photo was taken by Tss in May 1946, just before Japan surrendered.
“When I got to Nagasaki, I knew that I wanted to do a project where I would photograph the women,” Tiss said.
The young girl in the photo, known as Kijima, was among the thousands of girls who were taken as part of the war effort.
Tess said the girls in the series have come to symbolize the women who survived the bombing, and that is one reason the series has been so popular.
“This is one thing that we all have in common as human beings,” he continued.
“We are all trying to survive.”
Tiss was born in 1945 in New York City, where his father worked as a photojournalist and his mother was a schoolteacher.
He went on to major in photography and later graduated from the University of Michigan, where he became a graduate assistant professor of photography.
He is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts and the University College of London.
Tiss started his career as a street photographer, but he later transitioned to film photography, where the emphasis was more on the intimate moments.
“Film is much more personal and the more intimate,” Tess