ALL 87 EDITIONS ARE PRE-ORDERED NOW THANK YOU!! MAYUMI SUZUKI’S ARTIST BOOK “THE RESTORATION WILL”
ALL 87 EDITIONS ARE PRE-ORDERED NOW. THANK YOU!
My parents, who a owned photo studio, went missing after the 2011 tsunami. Our house was destroyed. It was a place for working, but also for living. I grew up there. After the disaster, I found my father’s lens, portfolio, and our family album buried in the mud and the rubble.
One day, I tried to take a landscape photo with my father’s muddy lens. The image came out dark and blurry, like a view of the deceased. Through taking it, I felt I could connect this world with that world. I felt like I could have a conversation with my parents, though in fact that is impossible.
The family snapshots I found were washed white, the images disappearing. The portraits taken by my father were stained, discolored. These scars are similar to the damage seen in my town, similar to my memories which I am slowly losing.
I hope to retain my memory and my family history through this book. By arranging these photos, I have attempted to reproduce it.
The Restoration Will
Size : 285mm x 190mm x 15mm
87 editions only (all made to order)
Photographs, text, printing and book binding by Mayumi Suzuki
Blue portfolio and photo archives by Atsushi Sasaki
English proofreading by Mike Ward
Concept, edit and art-direction developed in the 2016 Photobook as Object workshop by Yumi Goto and Jan Rosseel in collaboration with Reminders Photography Stronghold
The edition number of this photobook, 87, represents the number of years since the family-owned photo studio was first opened in 1930.
This book is dedicated to my father, Atsushi Sasaki and my mother, Katsuko Sasaki, who have not yet been found since March 11, 2011. I would also like to thank my sister, Hirono Sasaki and all friends and supporters from Onagawa. Printed and bound in Japan All right reserved 2017 Mayumi Suzuki