ASATSU-DK publishes “Photo Letter from Minami Sanriku 2011.3.11 ~ 2011.9.11.”
ASATSU-DK INC. (President and Group CEO: Yoji Shimizu; Head Office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; hereinafter “ADK”) publishes “Photo Letter from Minami Sanriku 2011.3.11 ~ 2011.9.11,” a collection of photographs taken by Mr. Shinichi Sato (45). Mr. Sato operates a photography studio in Minami-Sanriku Town, Miyagi Prefecture, an area which was devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Despite being a victim of the disaster himself, Mr. Sato continued to photograph local scenes (disaster victims/disaster areas) from immediately after the earthquake until today. From every purchase of the photography collection, 300 yen will be donated as aid money to Minami-Sanriku Town. Additionally, all further profits will be donated as aid money.
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Photo Letter from Minami Sanriku 2011.3.11 ~ 2011.9.11
Photographer/ Author： Shinichi Sato
Official URL: http://www.minamisanriku-kara.com/index_en.html
Format: B5 paper/96 pages
Publication Date: September 27th, 2011
Price: 1,500 yen (tax excluded)
*From each purchase, 300 yen will be donated to Minami-Sanriku Town.
Publisher：ADK Support Project for Restoration of MINAMI SANRIKU
Released By: NIHONBUNGEISHA Co.,Ltd
“Photo Letter from Minami Sanriku 2011.3.11 ~ 2011.9.11” is full of warm-hearted images which could only be photographed by Mr. Shinichi Sato, a local disaster victim who continues to live in the disaster area even now. The photographs show the true form of townspeople instead of contrived images. More than anything, the photography collection is filled with energy for reconstruction.
Mr. Shinichi Sato gave the following statement regarding the publishing of the photography collection:
“Everything I owned was washed away, including my studio and my home. However, I felt that I must do something as a photographer who has made a living in this town. I decided to show my gratitude to the town through photographs. I feel very strongly about this mission. I want to convey the strength and warmth of an irreplaceable town and its citizens. I hope that the photos which I take now will send a message to the future. I believe in the power of photography.”
Through images of a hometown and its important citizens, this photography collection creates hope for the future. ADK believes that continuity is an important aspect of a reconstruction which will span 10 years. Through cooperation from Mr. Shinichi Sato and other local citizens, ADK plans to continuously and periodically publish a “Photo Letter from Minami Sanriku 2011.3.11 ~ 2011.9.11” series. This project will convey the true form of the disaster area, as opposed to scandalous reporting of fragmented information.
Born in 1966 in Minami-Sanriku Town, Motoyoshi County, Miyagi Prefecture. Together with his parents, operated a photography studio name “Saryo Studio” in Minami-Sanriku Town. However, he lost both his home and studio to the tsunami occurring after the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11th, 2011. “I will take photos from the hardest of times. This way, whatever happens in the future, we can all overcome together.” Using a single camera which he took before evacuating, beginning from immediately after the earthquake, he continues to photograph the devastated town’s path to reconstruction.