Mr. Senji Yamaguchi

..August 2011.. ..Nagasaki..

Throughout his life Mr. Yamaguchi has been a dedicated Hibakusha activist. He is know by many from a photograph taken of his upper body showing keloid scars.

In 1982, he addressed a UN Special Session on Disarmament. Mr. Yamaguchi tirelessly traveled the world speaking to anyone who wanted to hear about the horrors of nuclear weapons.

I photographed Mr. Yamaguchi while in Nagasaki for the From Above photo exhibition. It was an unexpected opportunity. One of those great surprises.

He is in very fragile condition. But still has a sharp mind and understanding of current events. He hasn’t left his home much in 7 years. I greatly appreciate the invitation from his wife, Sachiko, to meet Mr. Yamaguchi.

I enjoyed the 40 minutes photographing and speaking with him. I will never forget. He is probably the most impressive person I’ve ever photographed.

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2 Responses to “Mr. Senji Yamaguchi”

  1. Ginnie says:

    I’m delighted for you, Paule.

  2. A.Barlow says:

    Wonderful work here. I hope more of what this guy wants for the world comes to pass.