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Yama tanko (Mountain Coalmine)

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  • Title (object)

    • Yama tanko (Mountain Coalmine)
  • Description

    Photobook. First edition. One volume.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1968
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 25.8 centimetres (covers)
    • Width: 18.2 centimetres (covers)
  • Curator's comments

    Mining continued to be in the fore-front of political and public awareness in the 1960s. In 1962 Abe Kobo and Hiroshi Teshigahara made the famous film entitled 'Pitfall', a conspiracy story about mine-workers and trade unions. The present book is a documentary about the appalling safety conditions of mineworkers and their families. It focuses on the ever-present danger of death with some spectacular shots of life in the pit. Motohashi was awarded the 5th Taiyo Prize for this work. A reprint was issued in 1992. No copy of this edition in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)


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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.117 (Photobook number)

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