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.


Concordia is honored to welcome one of the Aftershock authors, Richard Cahan. A former picture editor for the Chicago Sun-Times, Cahan 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.


Concordia students, faculty, and staff, as well as community members, are invited to hear from this renowned photo historian and view the photos of Aftershock for themselves.

No registration is required for this free event, but seating is limited so please plan to arrive early.


Prior to Cahan's presentation, there will be a free Pre-event from 6-6:45 p.m. in the Terrace Room. Learn more here.