The hyperreality of James Nakagawa’s photographs of the towering Banta cliffs stems from the artist’s use of digital technology. He stitches together multiple exposures to create images in which every plane is in razor-sharp focus and seen from a dizzying perspective. For the Gama caves, Nakagawa illuminated the dark and airless caves with his flashlight, splashing the wall during long exposures. The artist was drawn to the cliffs and caves (known as banta and gama in Okinawan) because of their severe beauty and their emotionally complex history. When American forces invaded Okinawa in the spring of 1945, thousands of Okinawans threw themselves off the cliffs and took their lives in the caves. The circumstances surrounding the mass suicides remain controversial; according to survivors’ accounts, Japanese military officers ordered civilians to commit suicide to avoid the shame of capture and to save dwindling food supplies for the troops.