In The Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11 by Anne Nishimura Morse and Anne E. Havinga

Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts Boston (April 2015)
Language: English 
Selected by Tank

A logbook of the reflective power of photography, In the Wake is a record of the physical and psychic destruction wreaked on the population of Japan when, on 11 March 2011, an underwater earthquake off the coast triggered massive tsunami waves, causing a nuclear meltdown at the country’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant. Many of the photographers featured were directly affected by the disaster, losing homes and loved ones. The photography in this volume is part documentary, part artistic reaction to the event.

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Image 1:  Lieko Shiga, Chiyoko-chan, Chiyoko-chan, from the series Rasen kaigan (Spiral Shore), 2010 © Lieko Shiga, courtesy Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Image 2: Nobuyoshi Araki, from the series Shakyô rôjin nikki (Diary of a Photo Mad Old Man), 2011 © Nobuyoshi Araki, courtesy Taka Ishii Gallery and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Image 3: Yasusuke Ôta, Deserted Town, from the series The Abandoned Animals of Fukushima, 2011 © Yasusuke Ôta, courtesy Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Image 4: Lieko Shiga, Mother’s Gentle Hands, from the seris Rasen kaigan (Spiral Shore), 2009 © Lieko Shiga, courtesy Museum of Fine Arts Boston

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