Ueno Eki no Makuai, by Seiichi Motohashi


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 slaughterhouses to places like Africa and Iraq.

Now, almost 30 years later, Motohashi has re-edited the work for a new book of the same title (loosely translated as "Intermissions at Ueno Station"). Despite the grandeur of Tokyo Station, it is Ueno Station that looms larger for many Japanese, in large part as it was until 1991 the sole Tokyo terminus for trains from Honshu's rural north.

Hardcover, in slipcase. 25cm x 19cm, 207 pages. Published in the Fall of 2012.