Archive for April, 2014

Fragile

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Documents 562

Berlin

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Documents 631

Outhud

Monday, April 28th, 2014

..November 2002.. ..New York..

Outhud photographed for Resonance Magazine.

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Rye Coalition

Monday, April 21st, 2014

..June 2002.. ..New York..

The Rye Coalition photographed for Resonance Magazine.

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Mr. Hiroshi Matsuzoe

Monday, April 14th, 2014

..April 2014.. ..Nagasaki..

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This morning I received the sad news that Mr. Hiroshi Matsuzoe passed away at the age of 83 in Nagasaki. Mr. Matsuzoe was one the first hibakusha, atomic bomb survivor, I photographed and interviewed for From Above. He was 14 years old when the atomic bomb detonated over Nagasaki.

Mr. Matsuzoe dedicated his life to informing students about the importance of abolishing nuclear weapons. Last year he lost his voice to cancer but still spread his message when doctor’s restored his voice by installing an electronic device in his voice box.

I will always remember my brief time spent with Mr. Matsuzoe. In the hallway of the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum he showed me paintings he had made of scenes from that horrific time. He had seen two young girls badly injured in the street, one later underwent surgery without anesthesia. Mr. Matsuzoe never forgot the screams coming from the little girl at that moment. A couple of days after, he witnessed their cremation while walking in the street. “It was two girls with light makeup and wearing a beautiful Kimono. They were about to be cremated. After someone put fire on them I couldn’t watch. I ran away.”

Many years later Mr. Matsuzoe painted that painful scene onto a canvas. He never knew the identity of either girl but when the painting was shown relatives and teachers of the two girls were found. One of the mother’s sobbed when she saw the painting.

The last time I saw Mr. Matsuzoe was at the From Above exhibition in the Nagasaki Peace Museum. You can see him in this documentary shot by Community Media. He appears 8 minutes into the program.

From Above By Paule Saviano from paul saviano on Vimeo.

The best tribute you can give to him is to never forget the lessons of Nagasaki and Hiroshima; and not to tolerate the excuse of war being a justifiable reason to settle differences.

Eighteen Visions

Monday, April 7th, 2014

..April 2003.. ..New York..

Eighteen Visions photographed for Outburn Magazine.

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Fragile

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Documents 625

Fragile

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Documents 541

Fragile

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Documents 559