‘Magic Carpets 2014′ by French artist Miguel Chevalier is an interactive light display spread out across the floor of the former Sacré Coeur church in Casablanca, Morocco. Covering it with a huge layer of light, the work references the world of biology, microorganisms, and cellular automata – as cells have the ability to multiply in abundance, divide and merge at different paces. pieces come together, fall apart and transform in shape at rapid speeds. the displayed organic universe mingles with a digital construction of overlapping pixels.
Q. Sakamaki began his photojournalism career covering the the Thompkins Square Park Riots in New York City in the late 1980’s. He has since documented everything from the aftermath of conflict in South Sudan, to the civil war in Burma, to the survivors of the Haitian earthquake and the Japanese tsunami, all of which he has captured masterfully.
What I wanted to talk to him about, however, were his Instagrams.
If you check out Sakamaki’s Instagram feed, you’ll notice that over the last few months he’s been posting complex, evocative images from his travels in Japan, where he was born and raised. The street scenes feel suspended in time, fixed in a kind of enduring catalogue of encounters.