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« on: November 29, 2017, 01:06:47 AM »
The year of 2017 in Disaster Photography from Reuters to Kick Off this thread. 50 Pics at the Reuters URL.


Residents wade through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Houston, Texas, August 28. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

An aerial view of properties destroyed by the Tubbs Fire is seen in Santa Rosa, California, October 11. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

A woman is assisted while crossing a flooded street after the Huaycoloro river flooded its banks in Huachipa, Peru, March 17. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

The Eagle Creek wildfire burns as golfers play at the Beacon Rock Golf Course in North Bonneville, Washington, September 4. REUTERS/Kristi McCluer

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Joan E. Bauer: W. Eugene Smith in Minamata, Japan 1971
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2020, 04:18:51 AM »
I remember seeing these images in Life when they came out. Huge impact on a budding news photographer.

Joan E. Bauer: W. Eugene Smith in Minamata, Japan 1971

The first child appears in a clinic. 
Difficulty walking, talking. Then the second child. 
Then cats convulse, go mad, jump into the sea. 
Crows fall from the sky.
Methyl mercury. Fish float dead in the bay
along the hamlets. 
Minamata, a one-company industrial town.
Eugene Smith is famous for the war photos, 
the Pittsburgh series, 
but his health is broken. 
With an apprentice & his young wife, Aileen Niyoko, 
Smith heads for Japan. 

After a beating by chemical company thugs 
nearly blinds him, 
Aileen takes some of the photos. 
Smith frames: Tomoko Uemura in Her Bath  
The mother cradles Tomoko, her misshapen daughter.
Light through a dark window. 
A post-modern pietà. 
More than 2600 will die. Twisted bodies.
Blindness. Claw-like hands.
After two strokes, Smith dies at 59.
Forty-four thousand pounds of archives.
Eighteen dollars to his name.
Tomoko Uemura in Her Bath

Editor’s note: Minamata disease, a neurological syndrome caused by severe mercury poisoning in industrial wastewater from the Chisso Corporation’s chemical factory from 1932 to 1968, claimed thousands of lives surreptitiously while the government and company did little to prevent the pollution.

It was a dramatic photographic essay by W. Eugene Smith in LIFE that brought world attention to the disease. Smith and his interpreter, a Japanese American student from Stanford University named Aileen Mioko Sprague (whom Smith would soon marry) were touring Japan for an exhibition of his works. They planned to stay in Minamata for three weeks, but ended up staying for three years. For eighteen dollars a month, they rented a house belonging to one of the victims, sharing a dirt-floored kitchen and bath, where they developed photos.

The most striking photo of the essay shows Ryoko Uemura, holding her severely deformed daughter, Tomoko, in a Japanese bath chamber. Tomoko was poisoned while still in the womb. The New York Times called this photo “The pieta of our industrial age.” [Source: Iconic Photos]

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