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The Restoration Will.
Photographs by Mayumi Suzuki.
Ceiba Editions, Siena, Italy, 2017. 104 pp., color and black-and-white illustrations, 7¾x11".

Publisher's Description

“This outstanding dummy tells, visually, the story of the loss of the photographer’s parents in the 2011 tsunami that occurred in Japan. The jury found the visual story and the narrative very powerful, and also perceived the struggle in finding an adequate way of telling the story of a personal loss of such magnitude.

With the decision of awarding Mayumi Suzuki, the jury is offering their support for the completion of this very personal project by turning this already strong dummy into a book. We realise how something that might have started as a way to deal with a personal loss, can turn into a project to share with a larger audience. Reflected in this dummy, we see the struggle of the author and the challenges she had to face, and therefore we believe it has a huge potential. She was able to show her vulnerability on the pages, but not always she seems capable of finding a reaction to it on her own.” — PhotoBoox Award jury statement

“Some readers might feel sense of loss, others might perceive something heartwarming. What I want to share with everyone is not the memory of the tragic Tsunami, but the 'mental restoration' one may experience after a devastating event. I also wish this book to be shared with those who harbor sorrow/grief within. Anyone experiences painful events in their lives. For me, March 11th, 2011, the day of the giant Tsunami, was the memorable day in my life.

Two weeks after the Tsunami, I went back to my home and picked up my fathers belongings in the rubbles. My parents must have died in deep regret. I thought I should make a mark of my parents’ lives and of my father’s life as a photographer. It became my attempt at restoration. It was my father’s will, and mine too.” — Mayumi Suzuki


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