Sanrizuka - Moeru Hokuso daichi (Document 1966-71). Photographs by Tadao Mitome & others. Edited by Kayoshi Awazo. Shinsensha, Tokyo, 1971. First Edition. Hardbound. Photo-illustrated boards in printed dust jacket. Lacks very rare Obi. Gravure reproductions.
A visceral document of the startlingly violent clashes that took place over five years during the construction of Narita airport. Stoked by the fervor of the late 60s, these riots constituted the first of many bitter anti-airport protests in the region. The battle scenes are positively apocalyptic, evoking not so much a political struggle as a Gothic vision of hell. A very difficult volume to pigeon-hole. Heavy, yes, but also incredibly stylized: as if the photo-journalists covering the US Civil Rights struggles and riots of the late 60s had thoroughly absorbed the 'anti-aesthetic' of the Provoke movement. Beautifully designed; a singular book!
Near Fine+/Fine-; light wear to board extremities and jacket edges.