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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Shinchi, Fukushima: Why did you volunteer to come to Fukushima with Photohoku?


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Kana Suzuki
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.

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Katsumi Saiki
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.

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Yoko Hirose
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.

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Satoshi Narita
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.

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Allison Kwesell
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.

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Gueorgui Tcherednitchenko
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.

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