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Soma and the Contemptuous Regime

The photograph of Yusuf Yerkel, an adviser to Prime Minister Erdoğan, kicking a protester in the mining town of Soma has become a symbol for the contempt with which the Turkish government is treating its people. It shows Yerkel kicking the anonymous protester already lying on the ground as he is manhandled by two special…

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Takashi Arai’s Photographic Monuments to a Manmade Disaster

Farmers at decontamination site, Minamisoma, 2012 Since the tsunami hit Japan in March 2011, the Japanese photographer Takashi Arai has continuously ventured to Fukushima to photograph areas affected by nuclear radiation. Using a daguerreotype camera, the photographs in this project titled ‘Here and There’ are haunting representations of a land that has largely become uninhabitable.…