ヤズディの祈り / The prayer of the Yazidis

The prayer of the Yazidis
Works of Noriko Hayashi
2,800JPY|220 × 270 mm|softcover
Book Design:Hisaki Matsumoto
Published in December 2016.



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『キルギスの誘拐結婚』の写真家 林典子が世に差し出す新たな写真集。

 「それからの約2週間、私たちは腕を縛られながら殴られ続け、地下室に閉じ込められたまま、食事も水もほとんど与えられずに死にそうになりました。トイレ には1日1回だけ行く機会を与えられました。ここで私は一本の針を見つけました。針を手に取ると 腕に 『お父さん、お母さん、愛している』と、もう会うことができないかもしれない両親のことを想いながら、アラビア語でこう彫りました」(サラ / 文中より)

The Prayer of the Yazidis

The mountains are bathed by beautiful blue moon light. Right before dawn, the women living on the foot of the mountain start making bread into an earthen oven for breakfast. When the sun rises, the inhabitants pray facing the sun. Here in northwestern Iraq, the Shingar mountains, with an elevation of 1,463 meters (4,800 ft.) spread east to west, and affluent human life takes its course in harmony with nature. The people living in the Shingal mountains and surrounding villages are called "Yazidi". They have been living here protecting their own peculiar religion and traditions, which were passed down from generation to generation.

On 3 August 2014, Daesh (Islamic State) started attacking Yazidi villages and towns in Shingal. Since then, it is believed that Daesh has murdered about 5,000 and abducted a further 6,000 Yazidis. Women are subjected to sexual, physical and physiological violence. Their peaceful life was suddenly taken away from them.

The Prayer of the Yazidis, portraits the stories of Yazidis in Iraq and Germany who fled their homeland following the siege and massacre carried by Daesh, and touches upon issues of trauma, identity and collective memory. It is a compilation of photographs and personal testimonies written in Japanese, English, German and Kurdish languages.

"For two weeks, we were incarcerated in the basement and almost starved to death. I found a needle there. I took it and thinking about my parents carved in my forearm "Dad, Mom, I love you". (Sarah)

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Artist Information

林典子 | noriko hayashi

1983 年生まれ。大学在学中に、西アフリカ・ガンビアの地元新聞社、ザ・ポイント紙で写真を撮りはじめる。

「ニュースにならない人々の物語」を国内外で取材。米ワシントン・ポスト紙、独デア・シュピーゲル誌、仏ル・モンド紙、デイズ・ジャパン誌、米ニューズウィーク、マリ・クレール誌(英国版、ロシア版)など、数々のメディアで作品を発表。著書に、『フォト・ドキュメンタリー 人間の尊厳 ̶̶ いま、この世界の片隅で』(岩波書店)、『キルギスの誘拐結婚』(日経ナショナル ジオグラフィック社)


2011年 第7回名取洋之助写真賞

2012年 第8回DAYS 国際フォトジャーナリズム大賞1位

2013年 米アレクシア写真財団写真賞ファイナリスト、フランス世界報道写真祭「ビザ・プール・リマージュ」特集部門最高賞「ビザ・ドール(金賞)」

2014年 全米報道写真家協会(NPPA)「フォトジャーナリズム大賞」現代社会問題組写真部門1位    

Noriko Hayashi (born 1983) is a Japanese photojournalist whose work focuses on social, gender and human rights issues. Noriko began taking pictures for a local newspaper in Gambia, West Africa, when she was still an undergraduate student in International Relations and Peace & Conflict Studies. Her photo stories have been recognized with awards including the 1st prize of NPPA Best of Photojournalism in Contemporary Issue Stories, the Visa d'Or Feature Award at the Visa Pour l'Image in France, the 1st Prize of DAYS JAPAN International Photojournalism Award and others and participated in the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. Noriko published her fist photography book "Unholy Matrimony" by National Geographic Japan in 2013.
 She is represented by Panos Pictures.