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WATABE YUKICHI: A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION -- FROM THE WILSON CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY. {Title from cover.} Titus Boeder. Editions Xavier Barral, Paris, 2012. Published in association with Le Bal, Paris. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 100 pp. with 71 ills. 30 x 22 cm. ISBN 9782915173826 Bilingual in French and English.
On 13 January 1958, the grotesquely disfigured body of a man was discovered near Lake Sembako in Japan. Two investigators from Tokyo came to help the local police in resolving what at first appeared to be a banal case, but which soon proved to be something more complicated. For the first time, a photographer was authorized to accompany the police to document the investigation. Press photographer Watabe Yukichi (1924-1993) followed the inspectors as they questioned witnesses (workers in a tannery factory, local police officers) and pounded the streets of the most insalubrious neighborhoods in Tokyo -- its bars, bridges, alleyways and hospitals -- in search of the killer. Like the haunted film stills of a newly discovered noir classic, Watabe's images record much more than simply a police investigation, and reveal a Tokyo of the 1950s in a way that has rarely been depicted.
Artist(s):Yukichi, Watabe
Indexing: Western, Non-Western in a Western Style, Asia (Western Style) — Japan — Post-1945 — Photography
Plans: 73,75,66,68
Worldwide Number: 076414
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