Shomei Tomatsu is one of the most brilliant Post-World War II photographer. His black and white images are often unusual, bizarre and surreal, which captured my imagination. He has a knack, especially when it comes to playing with the shadows. From an article in the Guardian:
The American curator and critic Leo Rubenstein described Tomatsu’s Nagasaki photographs as “sad, haggard facts”, noting that, as Tomatsu wandered with his camera, “beneath the surface there was a grief so great that any overt expression of sympathy would have been an insult.” Tomatsu did, though, summon up the lasting horror of Nagasaki in portraits of the dreadfully scarred skin of survivors of the blast – pictures that suggest the psychological as well as physical cost of the nuclear attack.
The above image also appears on the cover of one of my favourite books by Haruki Murakami, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, which deserves a separate post.