On March 11, 2011, at 2:46 p.m. local time, the Tohoku region in northeastern Japan was rocked by the most powerful earthquake that had ever been registered in the country. Its aftermath, a tsunami, leveled a 400-kilometer-long stretch of coastline dotted with cities and villages, while an accident at the nuclear reactor in Fukushima exacerbated a catastrophe of unimaginable scale. One year after the tsunami, Hans-Christian Schink spent several weeks traveling through the region on a grant from the Villa Kamogawa Kyoto. In his series, Schink combines familiar still photographs of landscapes—in which the destructive power of the wave is only subtly apparent—with several, yet all the more impressive, photographs that bring home the full force of the natural disaster.
Ostfildern 2013, de/en/jp. Text by Rei Masuda. 132 pp., 61 ills., 26 x 30 cm, hardcover
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