Japanese Photography in the Outgrowth of the Atomic Bombs

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起死回生

“Wake from death and return to life.”

- Japanese proverb


The displace midway pre and post-WWII Japan was thorny and quarrelsome - yet, this constant pressure and friction became a powerful fuel for creativity: while enduring the overwhelmingness of Westernisation (over an intensely traditional nation), Japanese art grew into a reverence towards life and living.


“Dreams, memories, the sacred - they are all alike in that they are beyond our grasp. Once we are even marginally separated from what we can touch, the object is sanctified; it acquires the beauty of the unattainable, the quality of the miraculous. Everything, really, has this quality of sacredness, but we can desecrate it at a touch. How strange man is! His touch defiles and yet he contains the source of miracles.” 


- Yukio Mishima

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