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Miyako Ishiuchi is one of Japan’s most formidable photographers — a woman who has been passionately interested in women and their bodies for the whole of her 50-year career. At 68 years old, her fascination with the female physique remains intact, but over the past six years she has added two subtexts to her work: death and memory.

Ishiuchi’s interest has shifted from photographing women’s bodies to depicting their posthumous lives through personal effects. Her photo book of images showing the belongings of the victims of Hiroshima’s nuclear bombing, “Hiroshima Strings of Time,” inspired Linda Hoaglund’s 2012 documentary, “Things Left Behind.”

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