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Fukushima 2011–2017

(Misuzu Shobo 2018)

Hiromi Tsuchida

The name “Fukushima” became known worldwide due to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster, a nuclear accident of historic proportions in which reactors melted down in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011. The subsequent spread of radioactive substances triggered the designation of evacuation zones and “difficult-to-return” zones within a 30-kilometer radius of the plant. Over 24,000 residents were forced to leave the area. In June 2011, three months after the disaster, Hiromi Tsuchida began photographing the landscapes along the perimeters of these zones. Visiting certain locations again and again, he employed the fixed-point method of setting his camera at the same angle and capturing the same view each time. This book contains the results of that project, which continued until 2017. In the 1970s and 1980s Tsuchida compiled a “Hiroshima Trilogy” of photo books portraying the city where the first atomic bomb was dropped in 1945. Like that earlier series, Fukushima testifies to the photographer’s determination to maintain an objective stance toward his subject matter.

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