KYOKO HAMADA – For The New Yorker

Sunflowers were planted where there used to be a rice field as an offering for the dead, and in the hope of reducing the radiation level. In September, scientists announced that sunflowers were not effective in absorbing radiation.

“In August, we commissioned the photographer Kyoko Hamada to photograph in the disaster area of Fukushima for Evan Osnos’ piece on Japan in this week’s issue. Hamada was a natural choice: her photographs are quiet and refined; her composition deliberate and clean. She captured the eerie feeling that permeated the towns she visited in Fukushima, and was able to accomplish the most difficult task of photographing what wasn’t there, or wasn’t necessarily visual: the immeasurable loss of life and livelihoods, and the looming threat of the nuclear fallout whose effects are still unknown.

Here are some of her photographs and captions from that trip, followed by her        “letter to Fukushima.”

Excerpt from The New Yorker blog, Photo Booth

Posted by Elissa Curtis.

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