Watabe Yukichi - A Criminal Investigation
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- First edition, Hardcover, Japanese binding,
- 100 pages, B/W images, 21 x 29 cm, Text: English/French
- Published by Xavier Barral/LE BAL 2012
- Condition: Fine, small dent to top edge of pages (see pictures), otherwise as new.
A Criminal Investigation, is Watanabe Yukichi's documents of the investigation of the murder and dismemberment of Sato Tadashi. A few of Sato's remains were found in an oil vat in Irabaki Prefecture, Japan and the young photojournalist Watanabe was allowed access to the investigation. Like a Hollywood movie, his images wind through factories, streets and the offices of the investigators to come to the final noir ending, a not so happy resolution with the apprehension of capturing the murderer and the revelation of other heinous crimes.
The book is bound in textured linen-type cloth, wrapped with an elastic band, and affixed with a debossed plate on the cover all modeling materials and devices used during the time of the said criminal events: an old typewriter to create all the reports and the many Manila folders to house the paperwork. This same type treatment follows throughout the book updating the reader on important evidence in the criminal case. The pages are bound in Japanese style, images printed on a creamy paper giving the effect of aged newsprint and each blank page is solid black. An object which lovingly presents a subject quite undeserving of all this beauty, but the book is something to be desired and coveted. A Criminal Investigation is published for Tokyo-e, co-published by Editions Xavier Barral and LE BAL in collaboration with the Wilson Centre of Photography.
(from: Melanie McWhorter's Photo-eye Blog)
Listed in Parr/Badger volume 3