In one image, April 19, 2012, Minamisōma, Fukushima Prefecture, the photographer turned his lens on what appears to be a vast concrete tower, uprooted and brought crashing to its side, revealing the extraordinarily intricate fabric of wires and piping within. One thinks of the staggering cumulation of human toil and labor that nature can vanquish in an instant.
Japan’s blighted regions drew another internationally renowned photographer,
, who recorded the experience in writing and images. “Against this leveled ground of rubble, the sky looked broader and more expansive than ever,” she writes. “Standing there for a while, I considered the smallness of my existence; so small that even a gust of wind could have blown me away.” Kawauchi’s heart-rending shots in the show feature two domesticated pigeons (she noted their banded legs) flying over the wreckage in search of their homes.