Thursday, 8 December 2011


I mentioned Bruce Osborn's family photos before. He has recently been making a series of portraits of families in the tsunami-hit areas, featured this month in a spread for the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in-house magazine. Extraordinary shots of family groups against a backdrop of the devastation they experienced and still live amongst. Families celebrating life and ackowledging loss, putting a positive portrait-face to the world. Even in the situation of the family in the main shot above – on the steps of their destroyed apartment with the father's destroyed office building behind, from where he was rescued while others they knew were less lucky – there is a sense of family and life. (And hence the title I gave the spread.) There's plans that the work will feature in a newspaper article soon and, next year, a TV documentary.

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