THIS LOT CONSISTS OF TWO EDITIONS OF SHOMEI TOMATSU'S NAGASAKI: 11:02.
Nagasaki: 11:02. Tokyo, 1968. Unpaged. Large octavo. Second edition (originally published in 1966). Photo-illustrated boards. Printed spine label. Numerous gravure reproductions.
Near Fine; some minor abrasion to board extremities particularly at crown of spine and a bit to front panel; small area of staining on front panel; quarter inch tear to joint at foot of spine.
Nagasaki: 11:02. August 9, 1945. Tokyo, 1995. English by Tomatsu. Additional text, 'Excerpts from the Living,' by Samako Fukada. Stiff wrappers with photo-illustrated dust jacket. Numerous black-and-white reproductions.
One of four books that make up the most significant photographic memorials to the August 1945 atomic bomb blasts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki (the others are Kikuji Kawada's The Map; Ken Domon's Hiroshima; and Domon and Tomatsu's Hiroshima-Nagasaki Document 1961). As Parr and Badger explain, Tomatsu eschewed the the more didactic and sober tone of Domon to focus on riveting close-ups of various artifacts--a wristwatch, a headless statue, a melted beer bottle--damaged by the explosion. Tomatsu was right to "abandon the literal in favor of the allusive and metaphorical as the most appropriate trope for describing the postwar Japanese dilemma." A seminal work in the history of postwar Japanese photography and, more generally, the development of documentary technique.