Marchand, Romain Meffre
Gunkanjima is the brand new book by the French duo
of photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre which spent time on
Hashima island between 2008 and 2012.
Located off the extreme southwest coast of Japan, about ten miles from
Nagasaki, Hashima island ("Battleship
island") was the place of a
coal mine opened by the
Mitsubishi corporation in the nineteenth century. Workers settled on
the island and the
population increased, the small mining town quickly becoming a modern
and autonomous settlement.
The mine closed in 1974 and the island became empty.
Shooting with a large format, taking advantage of
natural light and using long exposures, the images embody the unique
atmosphere of this desolated, ruined island.
A plus of this publication is the used by Yves marchand and Romain
Meffre of photographs taken at the time of the mine exploitation issued
resources fund which matched with the actual state of desolation.
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