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The Hospital at Night - Shigeichi Nagano & Shuntaro Tanikawa

NAGANO, Shigeichi & TANIKAWA, Shuntaro.
The Hospital at Night.
First edition photobook (19 x 26cm) in b&w photographic wrappers. 36pp of b&w full-bleed images. Tokyo: Fukuinkan shoten, 1979

A dynamic photobook focusing on emergency hospital procedure. The book follows the case of little Yutaka, rushed to hospital with an inflamed appendix and operated on through the night. Different viewpoints of the hospital space are captured in close-up with an almost cinematic quality. The images move from waiting families to the small details of the nurses and doctors movements in the operating theatre. This is volume 9 in a series of picture books for children. A matter-of-fact documentary focusing on an 'everyday' event, but at the same time touching on life and mortality.

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