Iconos del terremoto de Japón

A girl, wrapped in a blanket, stands to look on tsunami damaged town at Ishinomaki city in Miyagi prefecture on March 13, 2011. Japan battled a feared meltdown of two reactors at a quake-hit nuclear plant, as the full horror of the disaster emerged on the ravaged northeast coast with thousands feared dead. The colossal 8.9-magnitude tremor sent waves of mud and debris racing over towns and farming land in Japan’s northeast, destroying all before it and leaving the coast a swampy wasteland. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE  AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBNUN

Esta parece ser la una de las imágenes icónicas del terremoto y posterior tsunami en Japón. Al menos fue elegida por la mayoria de diarios y revistas francesas la semana pasada para ilustrar los daños de este terrible desastre. Le empecé a dar vueltas a esta imagen junto a mi compañero Miguel García Castro después de llegar por el servicio de la agencia Afp este bodegón de revistas.

Picture taken on March 18, 2011 in Paris shows front pages of French newspapers and news magazines bearing the same picture of a Japanese woman, wrapped in a blanket, in the damaged town of Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture on March 13, 2011. This picture appeared in various media throughout the world to illustrate damages in Japan after the powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit Japan’s eastern coast. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX

Esta es la imagen de una joven en una de las zonas devastadas con la mirada perdida, envuelta en una manta y los pies ligeramente manchados de barro. Esta realmente impresionada por la visión… esta viviendo en primera persona las imágenes de devastación que todos hemos podido visualizar en nuestros diarios y revistas.

La imagen viene firmada por un tal Yomiuri Shimbun y comencé a buscar fotos de este fotógrafo en la linea de las agencias. Todas eran grandes fotografías que hemos barajado para dar grande en el diario y que están incluidas en las galerías que recomendaba en mi anterior post de La Mesa de Luz. La sorpresa llegó cuando vimos la misma fotografía pasada por otra agencia.

A girl, wrapped in a blanket, stands to look on tsunami damaged town at Ishinomaki city in Miyagi prefecture on March 13, 2011. Japan battled a feared meltdown of two reactors at a quake-hit nuclear plant, as the full horror of the disaster emerged on the ravaged northeast coast with thousands feared dead. The colossal 8.9-magnitude tremor sent waves of mud and debris racing over towns and farming land in Japan’s northeast, destroying all before it and leaving the coast a swampy wasteland. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE  AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBNUN

Nos dimos cuenta de que había imágenes del tal Yomiuri Shimbun en casi todas las agencias. ¿Cómo es posible que un fotógrafo trabaje para varias agencias al mismo tiempo y que les venda/pase las mismas fotos a todas ellas? La respuesta es simple, Yomiuri Shimbun no es un nombre de fotógrafo.

Shimbun en japones significa diario o periódico. Resulta que Yomiuri Shimbun es el quinto diario de Japón y estas fotografías son producto de un equipo de fotógrafos de este diario. Miguel G. C. comentabamos que en Japón el tema de las fotografías debe funcionar de manera diferente y este periodico debió actuar de agencia para el resto de agencias. Algunas de las imágenes pasadas con esta firma por Afp y Reuters, son de un vuelo en helicóptero durante los primeros días. Seguramente sólo algunos periódicos japones tuvieron la capacidad para realizar este viaje.

Aqui tenéis una selección de las imágenes que nos han llegado con la firma de este diario japonés. Muchas de ellas las veremos a final de año en los resúmenes gráficos y seguro que más de una será premiada en 2011. Todas ellas iconos del terrible terremoto de Japón.

This aerial shot shows houses in flame after being hit by a tsunami at Natori city in Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan on March 11, 2011. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN   (JAPAN OUT, RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE)

In a picture taken on March 12, 2011 burnt out vehicles, that were parked for export, are piled in disarray at a port at Tokai village in Ibaraki prefecture after a tsunami. More than 1,000 people were feared dead and authorities warned a meltdown may be under way at a nuclear plant after a monster tsunami devastated a swathe of northeast Japan.   TOPSHOTS        JAPAN OUT   RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE    CROPPED VERSION   AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN

White smokes rises into the air in the badly damaged town of Yamada in Iwate prefecture on March 12, 2011 a day after a massive 8.9 magnitude quake and tsunami hit the region. An explosion at a Japanese nuclear plant triggered fears of a meltdown on March 12, after the massive earthquake and tsunami left more than 1,000 dead and at least 10,000 unaccounted for.     JAPAN OUT   RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE     AFP PHOTO /YOMIURI SHIMBUN

Patients lie on the floor at a hospital to wait rescue and transfer to other hospitals at Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture on March 13, 2011. Japan battled a feared meltdown of two reactors at a quake-hit nuclear plant, as the full horror of the disaster emerged on the ravaged northeast coast with thousands feared dead. The colossal 8.9-magnitude tremor sent waves of mud and debris racing over towns and farming land in Japan’s northeast, destroying all before it and leaving the coast a swampy wasteland. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBNUN

A Self Defence soldier smiles as he holds a four-month-old baby who survived the recent tsunami with her family at Ishinomaki city in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000.   JAPAN OUT  RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE     AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN

A sixty-six-year-old man Yoshikatsu Hiratsuka cries in front of his collapsed house with his mother still missing, possibly buried in the rubble, at Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture on March 17, 2011. The official number of dead and missing after a devastating earthquake and tsunami that flattened Japan’s northeast coast is approaching 15,000, police said.  JAPAN OUT  RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE  MANDARORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN”  AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN

A little dog gets a radiation check at a radiation screening center in Koriyama city in Fukushima Prefecture on March 17, 2011. The official number of dead and missing after a devastating earthquake and tsunami that flattened Japan’s northeast coast is approaching 15,000, police said. JAPAN OUT  RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE  MANDARORY CREDIT AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN

JAPAN OUT   RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE  MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN” Chinese rescue team members pray in silence at Ofunato city in Iwate prefecture on March 18, 2011, one week after a massive earthquake and tsunami hit northern Japan. Japan battled a nuclear and humanitarian crisis as engineers worked to restore power to a stricken atomic plant, while the toll of dead and missing from the quake and tsunami topped 16,000.  AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN  JAPAN OUT

This aerial shot shows a pleasure boat sitting on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000.  TOPSHOTS   JAPAN OUT  RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE  AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN

A boat sits atop a building in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, Tuesday, March 22, 2011, following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami which devastated a vast area of northeastern Pacific coast of Japan. (AP Photo/Yomiuri Shimbun) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT