11.02 Nagasaki (SIGNED)

Shomei Tomatsu,11.02 Nagasaki (SIGNED)

Shomei Tomatsu
11.02 Nagasaki (SIGNED)

Photographs: Shomei Tomatsu

Text: Tamaki Motoi

Publisher: Shaken

168 pages

Pictures: 119

Year: 1968

Price: 1300

Comments: Hardcover with acetate dustjacket, 225 x 198 mm. Second edition, 1968 (2years after the first edition which came with a slipcase). Included in Martin Parr & Gerry Badger, The Photobook, vol.I, p. 274-277. Very scarce and collectible copy! Complete with the acetate jacket. In very good condition condition! Signed by Shomei Tomatsu in Kanji.

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Nagasaki begins with Tomatsu's images justly renowned close-ups of various artefacts damaged by the explosion - a watch stopped at precisely 11.02, a headless statue and, most powerfull of all, a melted beer bottle. This is one of those rare images that is worth a thousand others, where the fused glass stands in for all the wrecked bodies. The horror that this simple image evokes - more than all Domon's well-meaning pictures of reconstructive operations - demonstrates conclusively that Tomatsu was right to abandon the literal in favour of the allusive and metaphorical as the most appropriate trope for describing the postwar Japanese dilemma.


Shomei Tomatsu,11.02 Nagasaki (SIGNED)

Shomei Tomatsu,11.02 Nagasaki (SIGNED)

Shomei Tomatsu,11.02 Nagasaki (SIGNED)

Shomei Tomatsu,11.02 Nagasaki (SIGNED)

Shomei Tomatsu,11.02 Nagasaki (SIGNED)

Shomei Tomatsu,11.02 Nagasaki (SIGNED)

Shomei Tomatsu,11.02 Nagasaki (SIGNED)

Shomei Tomatsu,11.02 Nagasaki (SIGNED)

Shomei Tomatsu,11.02 Nagasaki (SIGNED)

Shomei Tomatsu,11.02 Nagasaki (SIGNED)

Shomei Tomatsu,11.02 Nagasaki (SIGNED)

Shomei Tomatsu,11.02 Nagasaki (SIGNED)

Shomei Tomatsu,11.02 Nagasaki (SIGNED)

Shomei Tomatsu,11.02 Nagasaki (SIGNED)

Shomei Tomatsu,11.02 Nagasaki (SIGNED)

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