Gunkanjima, l'île cuirassée
EAN13
9783869305097
ISBN
978-3-86930-509-7
Éditeur
Steidl
Date de publication
Collection
STEIDL LG
Nombre de pages
100
Dimensions
29 x 38 x 1 cm
Poids
924 g
Langue
français
Langue d'origine
anglais
Code dewey
779.97254
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Hashima is a small island located off the extreme southwest coast of Japan, about ten miles from Nagasaki. Its darkwarship-like
silhouette earned it the nickname of Gunkanjima (“battleship island”). During the wave of industrialisation in the nineteenth century, a coal seam was discovered on the island and the Mitsubishi corporation opened a mine there. Workers settled on the island and the population increased, the small mining town quickly becoming a modern and autonomous settlement.

During the 1950s, Gunkanjima became one of the most densely populated places in the world with over 5,000 inhabitants. But after an accident and the restructuring of the Mitsubishi mining project, the mine closed in January 1974. The last inhabitants deserted the island, the connection by boat was suspended, and since then Gunkanjima has become a ghost town.

Marchand and Meffre photographed the island between 2008 and 2012.
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