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Title: Gunkanjima
Authors: Yves Marchand, Romain Meffre
Publisher: Steidl
Year: 2013
ISBN: 9783869305097
Language: French

Description:
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 from two resources fund which matched with the actual state of desolation.

Available at:
Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.de

Related:
Japan
Yves marchand and Romain Meffre's web site
Yves marchand and Romain Meffre's facebook


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