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    Subject: Shomei Tomatsu exhibit
    Date: Jan 8, 2005
    Sender: Robin MichalsPrevious | Next

    In some strange way, among the Shomei Tomatsu photographs of the Hibakusha, it is the images of objects that were deformed that are the most powerful. A bottle melted into a fetal form and a pieta where the heads have been distorted into blobs. From all the horrific images after the tsunami in the Indian ocean, it is one of railroad tracks bent into wavelike forms that most vicerally communicated to me the terrific force of the wave that hit Sumatra. To speculate on why this might be, I think we think of the human body as frail and vulnerable so photographs of its destruction while painful are not surprising yet objects like bottles and railroad ties are inert and somewhat permanent measured by the scale of a human life so their distortion by destructive forces registers in a different way,

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