Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Haydeé Muñoz submits Shomei Tomatsu
Shomei Tomasu is a japanese photographer born in Nagoya in 1930. As a kid, he experienced World War II and the bombings in Japan, he was there. Also, he experienced the fear of Japanese on what the American occupation would be like, they expected force, rapes but instead they got the American lifestyle and democracy. Some of his photos document this influence that the American culture had on the Japanese culture. But his most famous work Nagasaki documents victims from the bombings. I believe his photos are stunning and extremely emotional. I believe he documents very well the magnitude of an event that is usually minimized by the United States. I think it is very important that he experienced the burning and he says he had been in the hospital numerous times thanks to radiation, so I think that is why his photos are so respectful and strong. Even though he is a documentary photographer, he approaches documentation in a very different manner.