Over the last couple of years, Tokyo artist and photographer Munemasa Takahashi has been touring the world with his exhibition ‘The Lost & Found Project’, which features recovered photographs swept away during the 2011 tsunami. Now he’s taken the project one step further and released a book, Tsunami, Photographs, and Then.
It all began when Takahashi got involved with a team of volunteers called Salvage Memory (see video below) who sought to reunite lost photos with their owners. Although over 300,000 photos have been returned to their owners, about the same number are unclaimed – either they are too badly damaged to be recognisable or their owners have not been found.
In a recent interview with Dazed & Confused Takahashi says, ‘Many people lost everything, but they wanted to find their family photos, which can be the only one thing from the past, from the piles of thousands.’ For more information about The Lost & Found Project click here. And to buy the book click here.