2011 Sony World Photography Awards Photographer Of The Year, Alejandro Chaskielberg has visited and photographed the people in Otsuchi, a small fishing town in Tohoku Japan, since the aftermath of the 2012 Tsunami. Over those years he made photos that documented the town and its people as they recovered, rebuilt and reimagined their lives.
This video shows his recent exhibition in the town which are created in collaboration with local residents of Otsuchi, along with Japanese curator, architect, and photographer. As a post Tsunami exhibition, it reveals the potential of how photographers can collaborate with the locals to create an exhibition and also foster changes in the community through photography. The exhibition includes Alejandro's images as well as portraits by local photographers and snapshots by junior-high-school students to display a rich tapestry of of the people and the town.
"When we see our photograph from the past, we can remember our story and our photographs are part also of our identity." -Alejandro Chaskielberg