I first knew of Kamagasaki through Nagisa Oshima’s film ‘The Sun's Burial’. This film, released in 1960, had a huge impact on me, leaving a vivid image of the town in my mind.
‘Such brutal youthfulness, flourishing in the town of sex and violence!’ I am sure that the catchphrase appearing on the posters echoed the suppressed energy under the condition of post-ANPO-60, soon after the nationwide protests against the revision of the US-Japan Security Treaty in 1960. Set in the slum of day-labourers in midsummer, this film features places that are familiar to those who only know today’s Kamagasaki...
1968 was a year of instability - with the prolonged Vietnam war, student protests in Paris, repression of Czechoslovakia by those countries which were shaken by the “Prague Spring”. America saw the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. On the other hand, the Apollo mission landed on the moon the following year.
1968 was also the year I began photography. I wandered around downtown Shinjuku with a camera, capturing people and whatever caught my attention. One night, I came across a crowd causing great turmoil in Shinjuku...
The original 1965 edition of “Chizu” is a legendary photography book that is virtually impossible to catch sight of today.
While relentlessly tracking the “stains” scattered across walls and ceiling of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Kawada projects memories of the war through young soldiers’ portraits and letters, ruined fortresses, etc.
At the same time, his pictures of iron scraps at factories, Lucky Strike boxes brought in by occupation forces, dumped Coca-Cola bottles, and other indicators of recovery after the war, document the process of overall transformation in postwar Japan...
A photobook that complies 29 photographs of Takashi Hamguchi, capturing student protests in the 1960s, Japan. It is published accompanying his solo-exhibition at Taka Ishii Gallery Photography Paris, from December 4 2014 to January 24 2015, under the same title.
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