Extended background information on the 3.11 Portrait Project
Portraits displayed at the Japan Foundation in Toronto support
earthquake recovery efforts in Japan through the power of photography
TORONTO, Jan. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - In March 2011, a powerful earthquake left
eastern Japan in a state of unprecedented destruction. Almost one year
later, an extraordinary Japanese photography exhibition has come to
Toronto to celebrate the power of the human spirit to endure through
emotional and environmental devastation.
The 3.11 Portrait Project showcases a collection of traditional family
portraits taken by volunteer photographers in the midst of one of the
largest natural disasters in Japan's history. Through the combined
efforts of volunteer photographers, makeup artists, hairstylists and
non-profit organizations, families in shelters and temporary housing
centres were styled and photographed on-site against a plain white
backdrop. The intentional simplicity of this setting allows the
remarkable tenacity of each survivor to shine with a smile, turning
grief into optimism—despite being surrounded by conditions that
continue to test their ability to move forward.
Shiseido (Canada) Inc. is proud to sponsor the 3.11 Portrait Project,
which unites victims and global audiences through photographic memories
and serves as a bridge of support that connects people to each other.
100 percent of proceeds raised through the sale of commemorative
t-shirts ($25) sold at the exhibit through the Japan Foundation will be
donated to ongoing earthquake relief efforts.
Please see attached PDF for extended background information on the 3.11
Location: The Japan Foundation, 131 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Dates: January 7-27, 2012
Monday: 11:30 am - 7:00 pm EXTENDED HOURS
Tuesday: 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday: 11:30 am - 7:00 pm EXTENDED HOURS
Friday: 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday openings: Noon - 5:00 pm (January 7 & 21)
Image with caption: "A collection of images taken by 3.11 Portrait Project photographers. (CNW Group/Shiseido Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120103_C9561_PHOTO_EN_8514.jpg
Image with caption: "A child reviews her portrait with a volunteer photographer in Japan. (CNW Group/Shiseido Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120103_C9561_PHOTO_EN_8512.jpg
Image with caption: "All portraits were taken on-site at disaster relief centres in the immediate aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake/tsunami in eastern Japan. (CNW Group/Shiseido Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120103_C9561_PHOTO_EN_8513.jpg
PDF with caption: "Extended background information on the 3.11 Portrait Project". PDF available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2012/01/03/20120103_C9561_DOC_EN_8516.pdf
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