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The Earthquake That Transformed Japan

From 03 October 2012 to 17 March 2013

The Japan of Chaos at the Pinacothèque

At the Pinacothèque de Paris, an exhibition by photographer Denis Rouvre reveals a world that not many people have seen: Japan immediately after the devastating 2011 earthquake that resulted in the loss of homes, lives and a sense of security in the country. Rouvre does this through his photographs of the earthquake victims.

With this project, entitled 'Low Tide - the Japan of Chaos,' Rouvre attempts to express the complete destructive power that the earthquake had. The earthquake hit near the Honshu island on March 11, 2011, causing a violent tsunami that would ultimately lead to the Fukushima nuclear accident.

From this destruction, Rouvre explores how the victims have tried to reconstruct their lives. The photographer's shots therefore show individuals who have been worn down by life's circumstances but who still keep a certain optimism for the future.

One of these photographs even earned Rouvre the World Press Photo prize this year thanks to its ability to capture both the fragility and ephemeral nature of human life. Visitors can now discover Rouvre's work at the Pinacothèque de Paris until March 17, 2013.