Images of Destruction. The Great Earthquake and the Tsunami of East Japan
An acclaimed fashion photographer provides a personal, luminous, and moving account of post-tsunami Japan
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Photographs by Yasushi Handa This volume is an extraordinary photographic report by the famous Japanese fashion photographer Yasushi Handa, taken a few weeks after the terrible earthquake and tsunami that battered the eastern coastline of Japan in March 2011. There are no people in these photos. Nonetheless, they reveal the pitiful scars and the wasteland of debris left behind by the thunderous tsunami that swept through the Tohoku region on the heels of the Great East Japan Earthquake, which struck on March 11, 2011. The images capture the landscape 20 days after the ocean water had retreated. Taken with a 65-million pixel camera, the pictures are almost surreal because they capture details missed by the naked eye. What we’ve typically seen in the media are people determined to move beyond their misfortune, to deepen their ties with the community, and to overcome the overwhelming adversity. In contrast, this book puts the harsh realities first and forefront.