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15 september 00:09

Miho Kajioka (Japan 27 feb 1973) – And, where did the Peacocks go?

Right after the Fukushima nuclear plant accident, I found a blog about peacocks that were left in the evacuation zone, within the 20 km limit. I started imagining those peacocks, walking around the empty town with their beautiful wings spread. The image I had in my mind seemed so far away from what was going on in Fukushima. It was as if two different layers of images – the disaster scene and beautiful peacocks – were overlapping with each other without being unified.

I started to see different layers in almost everything after the disaster in 2011.

The accident had a great impact on us, and yet, most of us don’t know exactly what happened, what is happening or what will happen in the future.

Tokyo was chosen as the host city for 2020 Olympic games. Some evacuees have started to return home and many farmers and fishermen have started to work again. Others have started to move away – towards the west – to be further from the Fukushima plants. Seasons come and go, people fall in love, kids play.

It is not my intention to introduce a pessimistic note or romanticize tragedy. There have been always problems, and beautiful things have always remained beautiful…
Miho Kajioka 
http://mihokajioka.com/

 

 

2 september 1:33

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Saul Leiter, painted nudes.

In the early 2000s, Saul Leiter came to the fore as one of the most accomplished and surprising colour photographers of the 20th century. Books were published, films made and exhibitions launched. While it was never a secret, few of those who are familiar with Leiter’s photography are aware that over the years he created, in his own unhurried way, a yet-to-be appreciated and equally formidable body of paintings and painted photographs. As the first ever publication dedicated to this largely unknown part of Leiter’s oeuvre, Painted Nudes offers a selection of more than 70 painted photographs – intimate, brilliantly coloured pieces that marry Leiter’s two artistic passions. Produced over the course of four decades, these fiercely expressive nudes are a testament to Leiter’s intuitive sense of colour and composition, and showcase a great 20th century artist at his resplendent best.
http://www.sylpheditions.com

 

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