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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.…

Tokyo Photography Map

SCAI the Bathhouse Gallery as listed on the Tokyo Photography Map After launching our popular London Photography Map, I am pleased to introduce the Tokyo Photography Map which lists photobook stores, libraries, museums, public and private galleries in one virtual resource. As announced in the previous post, I am expanding the photography map concept to…

Connecting Japanese Cinema and Photography

Woman in the Dunes, Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1964 Shoji Ueda, untitled, 1950 The history of Japanese cinema and photography is, as in most cultural contexts, deeply interconnected and related. In the post-war period a number of important films make direct or indirect reference to photographic movements. For instance, the existential meditation on sand and desire in…