In this post I’m linking to some photographs related to the earthquake. There are two groups here, journalistic photographs of the damage in Tohoku, and snapshots taken by photographers in Tokyo. How much the earthquake shows up on this blog will depend on the response it provokes from photographers here. Of course it will be significant, but powerful work may not emerge immediately—Richard Misrach’s excellent post-Katrina book “Destroy This Memory“ just came out last year. I heard that Naoki Ishikawa is up in Tohoku shooting right now. If that’s true, it’s a good sign.
Andrew Burton was in Tohoku on assignment for USA Today. He wrote a thoughtful post examining his own practice of “parachuting” in and out of disaster sites around the world. Some photos of his last day are in this post, more if you click around.
James Nachtwey for TIME. There are words and photos here;
they’re both overwrought the pictures generally let the scale of the disaster speak for itself.
An LPV edit of photos taken on the U.S. Pacific Fleet’s “Operation Tomodachi,” its rescue mission to Tohoku.
Coco Young: Some really good posts on her blog of snapshots taken around Tokyo after the earthquake.
Shin Suzuki: Atmospheric photos of Tokyo from the day of the quake.
Patrick Tsai: A diary, with some pictures, of his first week after the earthquake.
John Sypal: Scans from a roll he shot on a five hour walk home after getting stranded.
Charlie Kirk: Unsettling photos of people looking worried in Tokyo.
Bonus radiation link
ROLLS TOHOKU is a project where a photographer gave disposable cameras to people (including children) living in areas affected by the tsunami. The photos are now online, and they provide a perspective on the events in Tohoku which photojournalists probably cannot.
A series of AP images showing family photographs that have been recovered, and how they’re being displayed in gyms so people can find them again.
Some more images from photojournalists:
Jake Price for the BBC. Interesting comments, he’s taken a small beating here for shooting photos like Nachtwey’s.
Dominic Nahr for TIME, this falls into many of the traps of disaster photography.
Very thoughtful post from Ikuru Kuwajima, a Japanese photojournalist who has lived outside of Japan for the last 8 years. Recommended.