Watabe Yukichi: A Criminal investigation
Watabe Yukichi (1924-1993) was a freelance photojournalist who covered most of the major historical and political events in Tokyo.
In 1958 he was granted exceptional permission to document the investigation by the Tokyo Municipal Police into the "severed body case".
On 14 January 1958, the disfigured and amputated body of a man was discovered near Lake Sembako in Japan. Two investigators from Tokyo came to assist the local police in solving what seemed at first sight to be a trivial case. It will not be. For the first time a photographer is allowed to accompany the police to document the case. Watabe followed the inspector as he interviewed witnesses (workers in a tannery factory, local policemen, etc.) and walked through Tokyo's most insalubrious neighbourhoods - its bars, bridges, passageways, hospitals - in search of the murderer.
Much more than a police investigation, Watabe's images reveal a Tokyo of the 1950s, rarely shown in this way.
Japanese style binding (Hard cover)
Cloth with black elastic band
B&W photographs by Yukichi Watabe
Text in French and English
21 x 29 cm