(Kazuma Obara)(小原一真)(Silent Histories)

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Mexico: Editorial RM, 2015
Condition: New, Signed, 25.7×18.2cm, 162pages, Hardcover

The postwar “Japanese economic miracle” took place in the wake of incredible destruction―indiscriminate bombing by US forces during the Second World War had destroyed millions of homes, killed 330,000 Japanese citizens and injured 430,000 others. Children wounded in the war were an uncomfortable reminder of the devastation, and many chose lives of secrecy and concealment, continuing to silently struggle with their injuries and disabilities as adults.

Photographer Kazuma Obara (born 1985) sheds light on these “silent histories” with a collection of sensitive portraits of six survivors interspersed with historical and personal material, including school photographs, views of Japanese cities in 1945, personal snapshots and government-issued disability cards.

Silent Histories was originally published in 2014 in a special limited edition of forty-five handmade copies.