Yusuke Takagi

FUKUSHIMA PROJECT

This project is an examination of the dichotomy between Fukushima and Tokyo since the March 11 2011 nuclear disaster. In the Fukushima section, framed portraits were placed on an inverted landscape to visualize Fukushima’s contamination, and the continued human presence there. Despite the contamination from radiation, Fukushima’s exclusion zone seemed beautiful and pristine, hence the images having a white background to represent its purity. Tokyo was less contaminated than Fukushima, but the cityscape looked blurred and twisted, and its people seemed unconcerned about the disaster as they continued about their business and daily lives. This is reflected through the images’ black backgrounds. The Tokyo images are also a reflection of the artists’ fears, especially for his son’s future in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

BIO

Majored in Sociology at Meijigakuin University. After graduating in 2005, Takagi worked as a freelance photographer in Africa and Southeast Asia with a focus on human rights for people living on the edge. After the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Takagi focused on people and landscapes in Fukushima. Two years later, Takagi started a book project called, Kagerou, for facing the nuclear era. Takagi has also been working on a new project on addiction in Japan and the origins of Japanese cults.

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