Awash in Wreckage (10 Photos)
All photos © Giulio Di Sturco.
Despite being home to the world’s largest breakwater, the port city of Kamaishi, Japan, was partially destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami last March 11. This former capital of Samurai steel production was bombarded by the US navy during WWII, and has survived several tsunamis in the past. Now, the surviving residents are attempting to pick up the pieces, and start life again. Yumi Goto, a curator, discovered Giulio Di Sturco’s images of the city when he contributed to the “3/11 Tsunami Photo Project,” an iPad/iPhone photography book app that Goto edited. “When he attempted to photograph certain areas, he was told that there was no need as there was nothing newsworthy to be found,” Goto says. “Believing that he would find people stranded there, he ignored the advice [and] reached places beyond where other photographers stopped. The enormous challenges that he faced are apparent in the photographs.” Giulio Di Sturco’s Tsunami project will be on view in the exhibition, “11-3″ at Galleria Openmind in Milano, Italy, from Nov. 24 – Jan. 20, 2012.
Kenji Sano, 80 years old, owner of a Liquor shop in Kamaishi, completely destroiedbyt the tsumnami.