YUKICHI, Watabe. A Criminal Investigation.

(Paris): Editions Xavier Barral, 2011.  First edition.  Quarto.  Unpaginated.  “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.”  The publisher.  Illustrated with 70 black and white photographs.  A fine copy in Oatmeal cloth-covered boards with title label and photographic reproduction inset to front cover, descriptive label to rear. Elastic notebook-style closing.


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