Abandoned, by Katsuo Takahashi




This book features portraits of people living in Soma city and Minami-Soma city in Fukushima Prefecture. These cities are roughly 45 and 25 kilometers respectively from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant that experienced a meltdown in the aftermath of the 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. While, or simply had no means with which to leave.

The captions in the back of the book tell us that those depicted include a fisherman, a Shinto priest, a childcare worker, a bus driver, and so on. Photographer Katsuo Takahashi in his postscript insists that "we must not regard them as living in the land unfit for humans," yet he also acknowledges,

The land has been defiled, information provided has been niggardly, compensation inadequate. People do not know when or whether they can resume their traditions of farming and fishing. Worries over their children, worries over the pollution, worries over the place where they live.

Softcover, 18cm x 18cm. 44 pages, 26 b/w reproductions. Limited printing of 500 copies.