Mayumi Suzuki – The Restoration Will

Mayumi Suzuki

The Restoration Will

[ EPF 2017 – FINALIST ]


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.



Short Bio


Born in 1977 in Onagawa, Miyagi and now resides Tokyo, Japan. I work as a visual storyteller to find and create personal narratives. I was born and raised in a family who ran a photo studio founded by her grandfather in 1930 in the town of Onagawa. I studied at Nihon University, College of Art Department of Photography.

March 11, 2011. On this day an incident which changed my life has occurred. My hometown Onagawa was destroyed by the tsunami and my parents went missing. So I decided to start as photography artist to tell the story. I capture them as an individual and not just a faceless figures and leave the photographs as proof of their lives.

In 2014-2015, I had supported with Alejandro Chaskielberg as local location coordinator and professional support assistant in “Otsuchi Future Memories.” In 2016, I participated a workshop “Photobook As Object” by Yumi Goto and Jan Rosseel. I have developed a book with them.


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