Concordia students, faculty, and staff, as well as community members are invited to join in a pre-event reception with Richard Cahan, co-author of Aftershock: The Human Toll of War.

The pre-event will include light hors d’oeuvres and a book signing.

No registration is required for this free event.


The Author Talk will take place beginning at 7 p.m. in the Terrace Room. Click here for details.


A former picture editor for the Chicago Sun-Times, Richard Cahan is one of three authors of Aftershock: The Human Toll of War and is also a co-founder of CityFiles Press, which has produced more than 15 critically acclaimed books, often focused on Chicago, and always on the power of photography and dogged reporting. Cahan is widely regarded as one of the most prominent cataloguers of Chicago’s history via photography.


The world was in ruins at the end of World War II—from the Blitz in London to the atomic bomb blasts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A small group of Army soldiers witnessed and photographed it all.

More than seven decades later, three photo historians—Richard Cahan, Mark Jacob, and Michael Williams—began to comb through National Archives holdings to compile Aftershock: The Human Toll of War. The book contains numerous never-before-seen photos captured by the three World War II military photographers. Scanned directly from original negatives, the photographs give readers a powerful glimpse into the devastation and destruction of the conflict, and in so doing, the book tells the stories of the young photographers whose lives were changed forever because of 1945.