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Conversations with Sakai-san, a 78-year-old pensioner, house-squatting in rural Toyama. The youngest member of a six-sibling family, living alone with dementia and barely subsisting on a government pension, Sakai- san is an example of Japan's aging population and the problems they face.

Toyama prefecture, Japan, September 2006 – May 2007

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Owen Murray
ommphoto Edmonton, AB, Canada

Canadian photographer specializing in Architecture, Archaeology & Conservation Photography. Fascinated by anthropology, influenced by photojournalism and comfortable in both the editorial and commercial worlds.

"I am drawn towards the documentary power of photography. In a fraction of a second, to exposures taken over minutes, hours or days, photographs capture a sense of place, time, person, and feeling, and convey these concepts to others. Good photographs transcend the boundaries of 2-dimensional presentation; they act as portals allowing the viewer to move between realities. I strive to capture images which facilitate this shift in realities and relate the cultural narrative of different places, times, people and experiences. My images hint at an underlying presence that unites these narratives into one."

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