(JAPANESE PROTEST BOOK). Kono chijo ni wareware no kuni ha nai / Kogai kyampen shashinshu [There Is No Country for Us on This Earth...] Tokyo: Public Nuisances Campaign Executive Committee of All-Japan Students Photo Association, .
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(JAPANESE PROTEST BOOK).
Kono chijo ni wareware no kuni ha nai / Kogai kyampen shashinshu [There Is No Country for Us on This Earth / Public Nuisances Campaign].
Tokyo: Public Nuisances Campaign Executive Committee of All-Japan Students Photo Association, .
8vo (210 × 150 mm), pp.. 93 black-and-white photographs. Black-and-white photo-illustrated saddle-stapled wrappers, printed in red with text in black, red, and white; lightly rubbed and marked, light fading to spine, soiling to rear. A very good copy.
First edition. The All Japan Students’ Photo Association was originally founded in 1952 but in the mid-1960s it became increasingly politicized with the encouragement of Shomei Tomtsu and Kikuji Kawada. Kono chijo ni wareware no kuni ha nai is an environmental protest book produced under the auspices of the Committee for the Campaign against Pollution. It is concerned with the environmental and social issues that arose from Japan’s rapid economic expansion in the postwar period. These include pollution and the consequences of toxic waste disposal. Several pages are devoted to Minamata disease, a neurological syndrome caused by mercury poisoning which resulted from contaminated industrial wastewater being released into the sea by the Chisso Corporation.
Parr, M. and Badger, G., The Photobook: A History vol.III p.60; Forbes, D. et al, Provoke: Between Protest and Performance / Photography in Japan 1960-1975 pp.56-63; Kaneko, R. and Heiting, M. The Japanese Photobook, 1912-1990 (230).