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Manabu Yamanaka was born in 1959 in Hyogo Prefecture, and for the last 25 years has been pursuing various projects which portray societal outcasts, like street people, the elderly and the physically deformed. From a 2005 interview, Yamanaka said, "Since we all share the same fate of having to live our lives [with] the agonizing fear of growing old and dying, I am driven by a desire to spend the life I have been [given] by capturing on film the physical images of those who have lived full lives."
Examples of Yamanaka's work can been seen in this gallery.
Hardcover, in cardboard slipcase. 25cm x 25cm, 144 pages, 108 b/w plates, text in Japanese and English.