TIME contract photographer Dominic Nahr arrived just one day after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and resulting devastating tsunami hit the northeast coast of Japan on March 11th. Nahr camped out at a Daiou temple in Minami Sanriku where most of the town had been wiped out by the tsunami. The temple, however, was on top of a hill and was spared. Dozens of survivors are living at the temple after having their homes destroyed. Nahr photographed the Buddhist funeral ceremonies that were being done in groups and in an abbreviated form so they could accommodate all the families that lose loved ones, many without a body to mourn.
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Many family photographs have been found in the rubble and ruins of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11. In Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, photographer Toru Hanai explains that search and rescue teams, police, firefighters and the Japan Self Defense Force have been gathering the muddied and damaged pictures and bringing them to the local police station. At the Collection Centre the images are cleaned under the direction of project leader and Ofunato resident Satoko Kinno, a paper conservator and graduate of Camberwell College of Arts in London.
Once restored the images are taken to the shelters where they can be reclaimed by their owners. This photograph, taken by Hanai on April 12, shows a volunteer washing and drying images of one single child, a 4 year-old girl. Just a few days after this photo was taken, Kinno got word that the child and her mother and father had all survived the earthquake and tsunami, and were safe. The photographs will be returned to the family.
On Thursday April 21, from 6-9pm at 25CPW Gallery in New York City, a group of international photographers will host a photographic exhibition and silent auction to benefit Architecture for Humanity’s efforts rebuild Japanese communities damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Sixty photographers will be showcased and 100% of the proceeds will be donated.
Architecture for Humanity is a non-profit design service firm whose mission is to building sustainable futures through meaningful projects that make a difference in local communities and are currently collaborating to rebuilding area in Japan ravaged by natural disasters.
For more details and to preview the art, please visit [Wa] Photography Auction
Photography Auction to Benefit Japan Quake Communities – Time Magazine
What’s the difference between street art and graffiti? Is there a difference? Is the only difference the fact that the artist paid money to have a piece of paper saying it was different? The word graffiti has bad connotations that people can’t shake off but what if the only thing different between street art and graffiti is the mindset of the person viewing it? Some cities see the value of having street artists, illustrators, and graphic designers recreating bland public spaces and sprucing up old buildings, bridges, and car parks. This is a way to improve an area without spending big bucks on renovating a structure. The addition of vibrant, colorful murals completely transforms the face of a city and can uplift the spirit of a person.
What is Street Art? – PureGraffiti
Why Street Art Matters – The Cool Hunter
It’s also a way to keep other, non- desirable graffiti (gang tags, racial or ethnic slurs) from appearing. Whether it’s a 3D picture painted on the ground, one so real looking you feel like it is jumping out at you, or a colorful riot of paint across a wall, street art is an art form that many people are warming up to. Some people are making quite the name for themselves using this medium. Peter Gibson, known by his alias Roadsworth, has been creating street art in Montreal since the fall of 2001. In the fall of 2004 he was arrested and charged with 53 counts of mischief but he received a relatively lenient sentence which he attributes to public support. Today, he continues to spread his art around the streets of his hometown.
I finally got off my butt and uploaded the pictures I took during the recent snow storms from my camera. Here are a few of the better ones.
They are calling Liu Bolin the invisible man. (He’d be harder to spot if he wasn’t standing dead center in the photos.) Liu Bolin is a Chinese artist known for photographs of himself painted to blend in with the background. Liu uses himself as a blank canvas and paints his body to merge as seamlessly as possible with what is behind him. With the help of two assistances, it often can take more than 10 hours to complete a scene as Liu strives to get them just right. This frequently means that people walking by while he is carrying out his performances often have no idea he is there until he moves.
The photos are said to be a statement of how life in a city affects people, making them blind to their fellow man and surroundings. Liu adds that the inspiration behind his work was a sense of not fitting in to modern society and was a silent protest against the persecution of artists. The Chinese authorities shut down Liu’s art studio in Beijing in 2005. Liu states: “At the time, contemporary art was in quick development in Beijing, but the government decided it did not want artists like us to gather and live together.”
Born in 1973 in Shandong, China, Liu Bolin graduated from the Sculpture Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.
This is why you don’t go on long vacations from work during the holidays. But it’s okay, this is Ryan’s cubicle. Ryan is a power mad asshole, so he deserves it.
Ho ho bloody ho, you fucker.