Shiatsu masseuse, 31 (Japanese)
On March 11, I was overseas so I felt disconnected to what happened in Tohoku. I really wanted to do something to help. So I came here to feel closer and see the smiles of the local people.
Event photographer, 39 (Japanese)
Usually photographers take their pictures away with them, but here we leave them with people and make new albums. I think that's great.
Advertising firm employee, 31 (Japanese)
Photohoku is a completely new way of contributing to society. It's not materialistic, so I think it is the best way for artists to help out.
Freelance editor, photographer, 31 (Japanese)
When I first heard about this project, I thought it sounded interesting. It's a great way to make contact with real people at a very personal level.
Journalist, 28 (American)
It's great to be able to give people a moment of satisfaction. When I write articles, I have to wait for them to be published, but here the reaction is instantaneous. For the first time, I'm part of the story.
Engineer, 29 (Russian)
I love photography, and I was looking for a way to help the people of Tohoku. So for me, this was a way of doing so that was within my power.