KENRO IZU PHOTOGRAPHY
REQUIEM

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“Requiem” is a project started in 2015 at Pompeii, Italy in collaboration with the Fondazione Fotografia Modena.
The city of Pompeii was destroyed by volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 97AD, buried under 13-20ft of volcanic ash.
In 18th century, archaeologists discovered artifacts preserved under the thick ash. Also discovered numbers of voids under the ash, where the exact shapes of the people have died were preserved.
By pouring plaster into the voids, they now have the casts of the people in their shape when they have died. The numbers of casts were made from the original forms from the time.
The photographs were created by a vision of “The day after” the tragedy, which can happen at anywhere in the world today.