Akemi Ohara’s BROKEN HALLELUJAH, is now part of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive

Book Title: broken hallelujah

Photographer/s: Akemi Ohara

Place of publication: Japan

Year of publication: n/a

Publisher: Self Published

Dimensions of book : 68 x 155 mm

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Binding, paper & printing details: Plastic cover, staple bound, colour prints on uncoated paper

Number of pages: 42

Number of pictures: 29

Designer: Akemi Ohara

Editor: Akemi Ohara

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Summary of project:

“Inspired by Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah”, I travelled to Israel in June,

  1. Cohen’s biblical anecdotes inspired me to seek better self-awareness and personal expression.

I took photographs on film but they were all damaged by the x-rays at the airport.

An unpleasant wave-like pattern scarred all the pictures I made.

I hid all these photographs in my room and showed nobody.

Three years later, the Great East Japan Earthquake struck.

I was 10 miles away when the earthquake happened. I returned home by car and the journey took a lot longer than usual. I learnt of the devastation from news on the radio.

A few days later, radioactivity began to leak from the nuclear power plant in the Fukushima Prefecture where I lived.

Everyone feared the invisible radioactivity.

I looked at the map indicating affected areas circulating the nuclear power plant.

I was reminded of my damaged photographs.

Shown here is a series of photographs I took of a baptism in the Jordan River.

I am praying that the ground and the sea in my hometown washes as soon as possible and are purified.

I hope all the people can return.”

Akemi Ohara