Senbazuru, an art book inspired by Zen and Japanese Calligraphy whose pictures lead to a form of poetic mediation. This photographic project is insipired by the life of Sadako Sasaki and her fight against leukemia with only one weapon : a Senbazuru.
The book is printed in full color with a canvas cover and a picture embossed in the cover. In the book, you'll find a 8 pages insert with the 36 pictures and 1000 cranes on the same sheet of paper. You'll own your own Senbazuru!
In 240 x 340 format, the body of work consisting of 80 pages and 4 cover pages is printed on Artic Pure White paper of 170g which gives excellent color rendering and print quality for the images.
A binding with a square back sewn glued to ensure good maintenance of the book for many manipulations. Printed on the presses of the Pbtisk printing company established in the Czech Republic, one of the largest European printing houses, with more than 10 million books produced each year
The book is published by Empreintes & Digitales Publisher under the Artistic Direction of Jean-yves Camus.
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"I will write peace on your wings and you will fly across the world to carry this message”.
When Sadako Sasaki wrote these lines in her diary in May, 1955, she was dying of leukemia in a Hiroshima hospital. In a race against time, she focused all of her energy on one thing only: completing her Senbazuru.
In Japan, the crane is a symbol of peace and longevity. A Senbazuru is a group of one thousand origami paper cranes lined on a string. According to the ancient Japanese legend, anyone who completes a Senbazuru will be granted a wish by the gods.
Sadako Sasaki was not so lucky. She was two years old when she was irradiated during the bombing of Hiroshima, but her leukemia would not appear until she reached the age of eleven when she was a young girl full of life.
During her stay in hospital the disease began to advance rapidly. When she heard about the legend of Senbazuru, without hesitation she knew what she must do. She decided in that moment to make a thousand paper cranes - her Senbazuru - and ask the gods for her cure.
Filled with energy and fervent hope, she began folding her origami cranes, but quickly ran out of paper. So, she improvised and turned to anything she could find; her school notebooks, scraps of paper she liberated from other patients’ rooms, gift wrapping, labels from medicine bottles…
Unfortunately, Sadako died only after she had completed her 644th crane.
In her diary this sentence : "I will write peace on your wings and you will fly across the world to carry this message”.
Moved by this crushing loss, in a gesture of solidarity Sadako’s classmates would finish the Senbazuru she could not complete herself so that she may be buried with all one thousand. Since then, Sadako Sasaki has become an international symbol of peace.
To portray a thousand cranes as a single photographic object, a Senbazuru formed by 36 photographs, shared with you in hopes that it will provoke the creation of a thousand worlds, a thousand dreams bringing peace, such is my project.