Using his camera, Japanese photographer Joe Nishizawa provides a backstage pass to the worlds of science, civil engineering and industry. In 2011, he was granted rare access to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant to record its disintegration following the tsunami which devastated the east coast of Japan that same year. Creating records that last for future generations is central to his work and drew us to include him in our Refocus series, promoting photographic talent from under-represented groups - in 2018 we highlighted three image-makers over 50 whose work delights and inspires us, and Joe Nishizawa had to be one of them.
“It’s essential to intrigue the viewers if I want to tell them something. If I’ve succeeded in provoking their curiosity, then I could say that what I did was meaningful.”