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Remembering Mt. Osutaka JAL plane crash Talk session. Aug.12th 18:00-19:00 by Zoom

Updated: Nov 17, 2022

Catalyst (speaker)  Naonori Kohira(Photographer, Media producer)& Takahide Nakajima  August 12th. 18:00~19:00  Reservation required.

At 18:56:30 on August 12, 1985, Japan Airlines Flight 123 from Haneda to Osaka crashed on Mt. Osutaka in Ueno Village, Gunma Prefecture. Of the 524 passengers and crew, 520 died and 4 survived, making it the deadliest aviation accident (single-plane) in history. At the time, photojournalist Naonori Kohra was the first to rush to the scene and continue to press the shutter. Naonori Kohira published a photo book titled "4/524" out of a desire not to forget this tragic accident. On August 12th, the 37th year, we invited Mr. Naonori Kodaira to fully talk about the story of that time and his thoughts as a photojournalist. The interlocutor is Takahide Nakajima.

A Word from Naonori Kohira

Thank you for giving me the chance to speak at Shin Open Lab. If there is a god, I feel like he sent me to the site of the crash of JAL123 on Mount Osutaka, when at the time I was 31 years old. Looking around, I was the only photographer there. It was very tense looking through the finder, and felt if some one was whispering to me "you must capture this trajic event accurately "、and I shot each shot carefully. Unfortunately, photographs cannot capture the future. The moment you release the shutter, it becomes the past. But I believe that photographs have the power to preserve beautiful memories and facts that must be conveyed.

A word from Takahide Nakajima

I believe that "one picture" can change the world. The photographs of Robert Capa's Spanish Civil War and Kyoichi Sawada's photographs of the Vietnam War have become messages of peace throughout the world. When I was 20 years old, I saw Eugene Smith's "Minamata" and received a shock that changed my life. Although the situation of the photographer and the viewer are different, the conveyed thoughts are the same. I am very much looking forward to hearing directly from photojournalist Naonori Kohira.

4/524 Nikko Flight 123 Crash on Mt. Osutaka Photobook, Kindle Edition


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