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  Tazuko Masuyama: Until Everything Becomes a Photograph

A collection of the photographs of Tazuko Masuyama, known as the “Camera Grandma” from the dam-flooded village of Tokuyama, Gifu Prefecture. In 1977, when the Tokuyama dam project began to take on momentum, Masuyama picked up a camera at age sixty; she continued to visit the site even after the village was abandoned, leaving behind one hundred thousand photographs and some six hundred photo albums. “When it comes to wars and dams, the state always carries through, once they’ve decided to do it,” she said, while investing most of her pension in her project of witnessing the demise of the village. It was as if she was transferring the entire village into the pages of her albums. This book is comprised of photographs from Masuyama’s albums and her thoughts about her hometown. When we look at her photographs, documenting the consequences of modernization and rapid economic growth, we hear a message that reverberates with poignancy in an era marked by the tragedies of March 11, 2011. The book also includes poetry by Lin Ishigaki, a poet who visited the photographer in Tokuyama, and an essay on Masuyama’s photographs.

Size: 197 × 165 mm
Pages: 400 pages
Book design: Takuma Hayashi
Language: Japanese
Publisher: Izu Photo Museum and NOHARA
May 9, 2014
ISBN: 978-4-904257-21-0
Price: 3,300 yen (before-tax price)

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