On March 11th, 2011, an earthquake struck Japan. The subsequent tsunami swept through towns in the northeast of the country, destroyingvirtually everything in its path. Naoya Hatakeyama, whose photographic work has reached international fame and who is considered as Japan’s most prominent photographer, experienced a personal connection to the destruction, in which he lost his mother and the family home. In Kesengawa (Light Motiv, 2013) he told the story of his painful journey to his ancestral home in the aftermath of the tsunami, confronting pictures taken between 2002 and 2010, with those taken after the earthquake.
In Rikuzentakata, Naoya Hatakeyama continues his testimonial work as new landscapes emerge beneath his eyes. The French writer, Eric Reinhardt, describes the sheer intensity of the images: “it is great art, it’s impressive, we feel the same strength of the pain, the same power, the same deep need as in his first images of the cataclysm, but domesticated, refined by time, oriented through patience toward greater artistic complexity.”
Size: 300 x 250 mm
132 pages, 75 colour photographs