Mighty Silence Images of Destruction by Yasushi Handa
The Great Earthquake and Tsunami of East Japan

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An acclaimed fashion photographer provides a personal, luminous, and moving account of post-tsunami Japan. This volume is an extraordinary photographic report by the famous Japanese fashion photographer Yasushi Handa, taken a few weeks after the terrible earthquake and tsunami that battered the eastern coastline of Japan in March 2010. It includes the detailed history of the provinces affected by the disaster, an accessible scientific explanation of the reasons why such an event can occur, and a look to the future that talks clearly about how damage can be limited and how nuclear disasters can be prevented. The book also reveals the composure of the Japanese people and their incredible capacity to resurrect themselves. All this in an elegant volume—published worldwide exactly two years after the events described—that is a must for enthusiasts of photography and contemporary history, as well as for those who want to understand more about the reality that surrounds us. The photographs were exhibited in Tokyo, Kobe, and Okinawa between January and March 2012 and were admired by a great number of visitors.

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Born on December 7, 1955, Yasushi Handa is one of Japan's most accomplished photographers. While still a university student at Nihon University's College of Art, Handa was hired as a photographer by influential fashion magazines of Japan, such as Ryukotsushin and High Fashion. After graduating, he became a freelance photographer. His photographs have been published in Vogue, GQ, and Vanity Fair. He received first prize awards at Cannes, IBA, and London International.
Published March 5, 2013 by Skira. 262 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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In these disquieting photographs captured in the wake of the earthquake (which measured 9.0 on the Richter scale) and subsequent tsunami that rocked eastern Japan in 2011—leaving 18,000 dead or missin

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