Abattoir, by Seiichi Motohashi

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Seiichi Motohashi is a documentary photographer and filmmaker who is perhaps best known in the West for his two documentaries about the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Nadya's Village (1998) and Alexei and the Spring (2002). Over his long career, the subjects of his photography have ranged from coal mines to fish markets to places like Africa and Iraq.

Abattoir -- the book uses this more genteel word rather than the rougher "slaughterhouse" as its English title -- was shot in 1989 but only released as a book in 2011. It perhas goes without saying that the images can be hard to take, but Motohashi is not interested in gratuitous imagery or statements as he matter-of-factly presents us with an inside view of a place most of use hope to never have to see.

Hardcover, 26cm x 19cm, 128 pages. Published in 2011.

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