Lost, Found, Returned, Exhibited
After tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, numerous photographs were trapped in ruins and alluvia. A project named Memory Salvage, in which more than 4000 volunteers as well as Japanese self-defence forces participated, was started with the goal of cleaning, restoring, digitalizing and returning found photographs to the owners or relatives of deceased in Tohoku and Miyagi prefectures. Out of 750.000 found photographs 400.000 were returned to their owners or inheritors. Because majority of other property of the population was destroyed in tsunami beyond recovery, these found photographs presented a confirmation of their presence and residence in the region. The rest of the photographs that were damaged beyond recognition and not returned to anyone were intended to be destroyed. However, the main photographer in the project Memory Salvage Munemasa Takahashi decided to collect, keep and display a selection of them also outside the Tohoku prefecture under a project called The Lost & Found Project – Photos Swept by 3. 11. East Japan Tsunami. Those photographs have been exhibited in many galleries around the world: Akaaka in Tokio, CCP in Melbourne and the gallery of the Aperture foundation in New York to name just a few. Publishing house Akaaka also published a book on this project.
Lost & Found Project. © Lost & Found project.
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