Please watch the trailer to Shiho’s new film “Japan’s Disposable Workers.” The film will be premiered at the Pulitzer Center’s Film Festival on September 20th. Shiho will be gave an talk after the second screening on September 24th to a crowd of a few hundred who go to see the full film for the first time. Keep watching this space for the full launch of the film in the coming days.
Quirky stories seem to find us lately. Keith shot a pretty interesting piece for the Wall Street Journal on real estate for the afterlife. With Grecian columns and leaded-glass windows imported from Poland, Arthur Allan’s future New York home is a welcoming and luxurious space. But he doesn’t want to move in anytime soon—it is his private mausoleum.
Shiho’s Pulitzer Center sponsored multimedia project on the employment crisis in Japan continues to get play. Business Week published a 6-page photo spread on the internet cafe refugees.
I traveled to southern Pakistan on assignment for International Rescue Committee, through which, European Commission provides the foundations for those displaced by violence and disaster to rebuild their lives. For intense two weeks, I photographed and filmed flood refugees from 2010, who where supported by IRC.
The beauty of visiting new and unknown place is to have your perception completely broken by an unexpected reality. Pakistan has been overwhelmingly associated with negative news such as violence, terrorism, and political instability for the past decade. The majority of Western media only shows us the images of bloody explosion sites, menacing looking militants, and oppressed women in Pakistan. Instead, I was greeted by polite and warm men who deeply care about their community and strong and smart women who have built and painted a family’s home from scratch.
The resulting work will be a part of exhibition “On Solid Ground” and will travel in several cities in Europe. More about the opening and launch of website soon!
With generous grant from Pulitzer Center, I have been reporting on employment crisis in Japan. A part of resulting work about temp workers living in internet cafe was published recently in Le Monde Magazine in France.
Internet cafes have been around in Japan for over a decade, but around the mid 2000s, a new type of internet cafe where people also use as the accommodations sprang up and people started living there. More than one in three people are employed as temp workers with little benefits or job security in Japan today, and about 2,700 of them live in internet cafes because they cannot afford to live in an apartment. It took me 3 years to gain access to one internet cafe where I followed two people. A glimpse of their lives in bath-tab size privacy can be viewed here.
Rushing commuters, confused tourists, and headphone-wearing travelers all comprise the average day at Grand Central Terminal. I captured the sights and sounds in a time-lapse video to mark the train station’s centennial for the Wall Street Journal.
Over the course of three days I captured over 10,000 frames and a few hours of ambient sound to make this video. I’ve been working with time lapses a lot lately and this was a great deal of fun to put together. As time goes on I think I’ll be doing a bit more of this. Choosing a single frame and then watching life go by is kind of soothing.