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Osamu Nagahama: Atsuku Nagai Yoru no Shima (The Island of Long Hot Night) (lacking obi)

Publisher: Tokyo: Haga Shoten, 1972
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Soft cover
Condition: Near Fine / Very Good
Item #: 113121



First edition, first printing. Soft cover. Printed stiff wrappers; with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs by Osamu Nagahama. Text (in Japanese) by Mineo Higashi. 140 pp., with 136 black-and-white and monochromatic plates in cyan and green. 7-1/4 x 10-1/4 inches.

[Cited in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume III. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2014)].


Near Fine (moderate creasing and wear to the extremities) in Very Good dust jacket (pronounced wear to the extremities, but intact), missing obi.


From Parr & Badger: "Atsuku Nagai Yoru no Shima focuses upon the vexed subject of sexual relations between local Japanese women and American servicemen on Okinawa..." The presence of the US military on Okinawa was the focus of much Japanese resentment, especially during the 1960s and 1970s, when the Vietnam war was also an issue.... Shots of barbed wire fences and notices marked 'Restricted Area,' as well as the sheer sleaziness of the clubs and bars where such encounters take place, make the resentment quite clear. The book is, of course, shot in the familiar grunge Provoke style, but it has a flamboyant extra twist, with groups of images being presented as tinted monochrome -- green and blue -- rather that straight black and white."