Restoring Photos After the Tsunami in Japan

May 15, 2012

By Holly Stuart Hughes

© Lost & Found

Though damaged, the photos in "Lost & Found" suggest the presence of the people who took them.

In sorting through the wreckage left by the Tohoku tsunami, police, fire departments and self-defense forces found thousands of snapshots and photo albums soaked with seawater and caked with mud. In May 2011, Munemasa Takahashi, a Tokyo-based fine-art photographer, traveled to the devastated town of Yamamoto in the Miyagi prefecture not to take pictures but to join Salvage Memory, one...

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