Comments on: Have you seen this Fukushima child? What makes a great picture? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:13:37 +0000 hourly 1 By: Book-of-Blue Sat, 14 Apr 2012 12:50:37 +0000 To the prior commenter: nuclear radiation is the thing that is not welcome in family life, and in many ways Fukushima changed the culture of Japan. The photographer has an ethical obligation to know who this family is, and a personal need to do so. Many assume that a photographer can be dropped into a global crisis, such as a war or a mass evacuation, and somehow not be touched by events. That is not how it works. A photographer is in the events at eye level, not thinking about them in terms of data, quotes and claims of officials, and abstract ideas about “safety.” Selecting and editing the photos the photographer makes contact with his or her subjects a second time, and the images can indeed be haunting. To me this is the image that sums up both Fukushima and the effects of the nuclear crisis — all in the girl’s expression. It is one of the most touching and indeed disturbing news photos I have ever seen.

Note that just because the photographer knows who this is does not mean that the information will be published. Were I this family I would certainly want to hear back.


Eric Francis
Planet Waves

By: ToshiJT Tue, 21 Feb 2012 06:21:15 +0000 It’s really touching story. I’ve thought that photographers just snap someone and then forget about it.But I found out I was wrong. In a research,I’ve found out many photographers have found their “people” in the pictures later and they formed a very special connections each other.
Really wish you can find the girl.

By: izumiw Wed, 08 Feb 2012 06:44:21 +0000 Dear Mr Kim Kyung-Hoon,

Your very emotive and moving photo of this young child did indeed do much to help convey to the world the plight and suffering of all young children and their families during those terrifying and confusing days and weeks after the meltdowns at the Daiichi Nuclear plant. As you say, now almost a year has past and, as difficult as the situation still is for so many thousands and thousands of children, parents and families who have suffered so much from the regions devastated by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, people are trying recover and move on with their individual lives. As you know in Japan uninvited inquiries into one’s family’s life are not welcomed culturally. I feel sure you intention is good but would you please consider the fact that, as useful and sympathetic as the photo printed worldwide was at the appropriate time, that now this family has a right to privacy. Without knowing whether or not this family suffered a loss of a loved one to the tsunami, or what is the current psychological condition of the members of this family, child, mother or other family members there is a possibility that they may not want to see themselves on the ‘world stage’ again. With respect, would you kindly consider removing this post, or at the very least removing the photo of this child’s mother and restore and protect the privacy of this particular little child’s family life? As a father, would you want your wife’s photo to be published on the internet just before the anniversary of what could be, for this family, one of the most painful and heart-breaking times of their life?

With cordial regards from East Japan