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Yukichi Watabe: A Criminal Investigation (First Edition)

Publisher: Paris: Xavier Barral / LE BAL, 2011
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 9782915173826
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 112010



First edition, first printing. Hardcover (Japanese binding). Canvas cloth-covered boards with tipped-in title and black-and-white plate on cover and title stamped in black on spine; with black elastic band; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Yukichi Watabe. Text in French and English. 100 pp., with black-and-white plates throughout. 11-3/4 x 8-1/2 inches. [Cited in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume III. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2014)].


New in publisher's shrink wrap.


From the publisher: "On 14 January 1958, the disfigured and amputated body of a man was discovered near Lake Sembako in Japan. Two investigators from Tokyo came to help out the local police in order to resolve what at first appeared to be a banal case, but which proved to be more complex. For the first time, a photographer was authorised to accompany the police to document the investigation. Watabe followed the inspector as he questioned witnesses (workers in a tannery factory, local police officers etc.) and pounded the streets of the most insalubrious neighbourhoods in Tokyo--its bars, bridges, alleyways and hospitals--in search of the killer. Watabe's images record much more than simply a police investigation, they reveal Tokyo in the 1950s in a way that has rarely been shown."