As time passes by and you look at portraits, the people come back to you like a silent echo. A photograph is a vestige of a face, a face in transit. Photography has something to do with death. It's a trace.
On Dec. 31, 1946, U.S. President Harry S. Truman formally declared the end of World War II. The photographs in this book survey the era during and following the war -- the people and places affected by this extraordinary event.