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silent_histories01.jpgのサムネール画像のサムネール画像Silent Histories
Kazuma Obara (photographs)
162 pages
217 images
10.1 × 7.1 in
Design: Jan Rosseel, Yumi Goto, Kazuma Obara
English edition
ISBN RM Verlag 978-84-16282-30-2
Publisher Editorial RM

Silent Histories was printed in October 2015 by Ofset Yapimevi in Turkey. This edition is limited to 1900 copies. --
Handmade edition was originally published in 2014 in a limited edition of 45 handmade copies in Tokyo. New edition is added new images.  

Silent Histories is a book in which Japanese photographer Kazuma Obara tried to depict the lives of children who were injured and became disabled as a result of the U.S aerial bombing of Japan during World War Two. It has been said that the indiscriminate bombing by U.S. forces during the Pacific War killed 330,000 and left 430,000 Japanese citizens injured. Japan's economic recovery in the wake of wartime devastation was such that it was referred to as "The Japanese economic miracle". In contrast, children with incurable wounds of war were forced to live a harsh life. They have lived in the shadows, trying to hide their scars and avoid causing trouble by being invisible, trying hard to cover their pain. This book gives voice to their histories which have been kept silent for 69 years. This book consists of 7 victims' stories including their current portraits, found photos, and propaganda magazines which were published by the Japanese government during the war period.

Silent Histories - supreme court edition- was originally published as handmade photo book(45 edition) and made to submitted to Supreme Court to show their injuries to a Judge(Victims had sued the government). The photobook was shortlisted for Paris Photo/Aperture Photo Book Award 2014 and was selected for TIME, Lens Culture, and Telegraph Best Photobook 2014.

November 2015, This trade edition will be launched from Mexico/Madrid based publisher Editorial RM.

[Coming Event/Book Launch] 

TIME picks the Best Photobook 2014
Claxton Project -The fourteen photobook highlight of 2014
Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards 2014 - First Photobook Prize - Finalist
LensCulture Editor's - 2014 Photobooks of the Year
Telegraph:My favourite photo books of 2014 by Cheryl Newman
Photo eye -Best books of 2014 by Colin pantall
Photo eye -Best Books 2014 by Manik Katyal

[Book Review]
EMAHO MAGAZINE Photobook Review by Colin pantall
Colin Pantall Blog

Hand made photobook "silent histories" by Kazuma Obara from Kazuma Obara on Vimeo.

This video was original handmade edition. I will upload new edition's video very soon. 

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