(東京)Tokyo: パトリア書店 (Patoria Shoten), 1960. First edition. Softcover. Domon's work was defined by many as "Social Realism", although when asked he said his work was in fact "Socialist Realism". He considered the camera mearly a tool and that the mind of the photographer was where the art comes from. He shot the photos in these works with a Leica M3 with a Leica Summicron 50mm f/2 lense.
- 筑豊のこどもたち Chikuho no kodomotachi (The Children of Chikuho): Quarto (10 x 7 1/8"). 95, pp. Original photo-illustrated wrappers and title page. Ken Domon's classic book documenting the bitter life of coalminers, is a classic example of the photo-realism that the Japanese photographer advocated. The images show the appalling conditions in the impoverished coal-mining region of Chikuho where sulphur gases constantly leak from a huge slagheap causing a variety of bronchial infections. Some sporadic foxing and age-toning to pages. Text in Japanese. Wrappers in overall very good, interior in good to very good condition.
- るみえちゃんはお父さんが死んだ Rumie-chan wa otosan ga shinda (Rumie's Father is Dead): Quarto (10 1/8 x 7 1/4"). 96pp. Original photo-illustrated wrappers and title page. Also published in 1960 "Rumie's Father is Dead" is the sequel to "The Children of Chikuho" by Ken Domon. It tells the story of Rumie and Sayuri, two sisters who were sent to an orphanage after their father - a coalminer in Chikuho - died from a bronchial infection caused by the poor working conditions. Slight creasing along spine. Moderate age-toning to pages. Text in Japanese. Wrappers in overall good+ to very good, interior in good+ to very good condition. g to vg. Item #41625
* Photographer (北沢勉) Tsutomu Kitazawa (1936-2000) was Domon's trusted assistant on Chikuho no kodomotachi (The Children of Chikuho), as well as a number of Domon's other projects. Kitazwa who had studied under Domon, was consider among the leading lanscape phptpgraphers in Japan.