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Disaster, Photography and Ethics

Naoya Hatakeyama, Yoneasaki-cho 2011.5.1, from the series Rikuzentakata, 2011; chromogenic print; courtesy the artist and Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo; © Naoya Hatakeyama The renown photographer Naoya Hatakeyama recalls a strange and unsettling experience on the day that Japan was hit by a triple disaster. At the moment the earthquake struck Japan, Hatakeyama attended a pre-arranged…

The Representation of Post-Tsunami Landscapes

Naoya Hatakeyama, Rikuzentakata, July 2004 © Naoya Hatakeyama Naoya Hatakeyama, Rikuzentakata, April 2011 © Naoya Hatakeyama Watching the BBC News in the aftermath of the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami on the east coast of Japan, I vividly remember the foreign correspondent reporting from a town with an unusual name: Rikuzentakata. Little did I know then…

The Art of the Japanese Photobook

Masashi Asada – Asadake (2011) The exhibition Contemporary Japanese Photobooks is currently on display at the newly re-designed Photographers’ Gallery in London. Curated by the photographer Jason Evans and the co-author of the landmark study Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and ‘70s Ivan Vartanian, the exhibition presents a diverse range of photobooks published over the…