On Site: Ryuji Miyamoto –“Kobe”, Amador Gallery, NYC

In Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector on March 31, 2010 at 10:00 am










Ryuji Miyamoto from series “Kobe”

With the images of Haiti and Chile fresh in our minds, one would think looking at earthquake photos in Japan would have less impact. In the case of this exhibit by Ryujii Miyamoto, it is the opposite. Our recent experience informs the viewer as to the destructive power that has been photographed.

Then there is the “how” of the photography … it is quite impressive in its use of a wide tonal range of black and white composition. The repeated image capture of a particular “pancake” effect of structural failure underlines the vulnerability of even “modern” buildings.

5:46 am, January 17, 1995. An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 originating from a point twenty kilometers below Awajishima Island in southern Hyogo Prefecture struck the city of Kobe and its vicinity. The quake’s velocity measured 818 gals in the north-south direction, 617 gals east-west, and 332 gals vertically. It shook the earth for a mere 15 seconds, enough to kill 5,000 people and destroy more than 100,000 homes and other structures. In the aftermath of the quake, the city caught fire, laying waste to an area of 1,043,000 square meters.

Recent quakes have delivered more power and misery but these photographs provide an artistic memory of modern devastation.

Now through May 8, at Amador Gallery on the upper east side, NYC.

For more information: Amador Gallery

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