Photographers Commemorate One-Year Anniversary of Tsunami

This Sunday, March 11, is the one-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Photographers who have extensively covered the devastation and the environmental and nuclear consequences around the affected region are marking the anniversary in variety of ways. Here are a few of the events:

Black Tsunami
FotoEvidence, the organization that supports photography books on social justice issues, is releasing a new digital book featuring Tokyo-based photographer James Whitlow Delano’s documentation of Year Zero, taken in Miyagi prefecture. His somber black-and-white photos convey the epic scale of the damage in a personal, almost poetic way. Black Tsunami is now available in the Apple iTunes store as an iPad app.  A preview can be seen on Vimeo.

Dispatch from Tohoku: A Group Slide Show
Sunday March 11, from 7:30 to 9:30, photographer Jake Price’s SeenUnseen will be presenting “Dispatch From Tohoku: Documenting the Aftermath,” a slide show of work by several photographers who documented the aftermath of the disaster.  Tickets are $15, and the proceeds will benefit Art in a Box, which brings supplies to children affected by the tsunami. Curated by Elissa Curtis, Dana Kien and Jamie Wellford, and produced by Price and Emmanuelle Chiche, the slide show includes images by James Whitlow Delano, David Guttenfelder, Kyoko Hamada, Dominic Nahr, Kosuke Okahara, Q. Sakamaki, Munemasa Takahashi and Price, and artwork by Midori Curtis.  It will be held at The Bubble Lounge, 228 West Broadway, New York City.

Wa Project Photo Auction
In April 2011, Wa Project held a photo auction in New York City that raised over $16,000 for rebuilding efforts in Japan. Now Wa Project is holding an auction and exhibition in Tokyo at the 72 Gallery of the Tokyo Institute of Photography, featuring photos by Kenro Izu, Venetia Dearden, Jake Price, Gilles Bensimon, Jamel Shabazz and others. The images all exemplify the theme of “wa,” loosely translated to mean “harmony.” All funds raised through print sales will be donated to Archi+Aid, which works with architects, students and communities rebuilding from disaster and preparing for the future. The show ends on March 11. For more information see waphotographyauction.com

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