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"The Japanese word [i]gaman, which describes the state of enduring insufferable pain with dignity, tends to seep into the vernacular during times of strife. The Japanese-American internment camps during World War II, for example, or the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. Or the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, which occurred just 45 miles from photographer Michael Koerner’s mother’s childhood home in Sasebo, Japan. The bomb killed an estimated 60,000 to 80,000 people and gave rise to genetic mutations that would devastate the posterity of entire families, including Koerner’s. Koerner’s gaman manifests through the "chemigrams” he creates—tintypes that are made from two plates sandwiched together and doused with a syrupy collodion sauce.[/i]

It’s a controlled chaos: Koerner can predict the general feel of an image, but the exact outcome is always a surprise.That uncertainty is nothing new to Koerner. Genome sequencing conducted by a lab in Spain revealed he has a high propensity for cancers in his kidney, brain, and thyroid, and he currently is monitoring a tumor in his kidney, which Koerner says threatens to metastasize at any minute. His four younger brothers have all passed away."

See full article (incredible photos included) https://www.wired.com/story/chemigram-photo-gallery/
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