The ROLLS photos stand out because they offer genuine personal insight into the situation in Tohoku. It's easy enough to take a photograph of the physical effects of the disaster, but it's more difficult to show people's lives in an unforced way. The brilliance of the project lies in the complete trust and access. Sometimes the photos document really simple moments that have no obvious relation to the disaster: Many of my favorite photos just show kids playing around. Of course, other photos show the effects of the tsunami directly. To me, these photos are just as useful as photos taken by photojournalists: In each case, there's not much more thought given to the photograph beyond documenting the raw effects of the disaster. Of course the photojournalist will take "better" photos than the amateurs of ROLLS, but here, I don't care whether these photos are technically beautiful or not.