Reclaimed Land: Hokkaido 1971-1976, by Eiji Sakurai

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In the early 70's Eiji Sakurai traveled to Hokkaido to document how the lives of coal miners and ranchers were being left behind during Japan's booming urban-centered economic growth of the 60s and 70s. Writes famed photo book editor Akira Hasegawa:

Eiji Sakurai [...] is an experienced documentary photographer and he is quite well known. Born in Yamanashi-Prefecture and you can easily imagine how great his career might be as he has graduated from Tokyo College of Photography back in when Koan Shigemori was the principle. He grew interested in "how people survive" and he has been working around this theme throughout his career. [...] It is difficult to understand how skillful Mr. Sakurai is because the way he takes photos appear to be nothing more than the way ordinary people take ordinary photos. This is, in fact, the hardest thing to do.

Hardcover, 27cm x 21cm, 112 pages, 98 b/w reproductions. Published in February, 2011 in a limited run of 500 copies.