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A Criminal Investigation is Watabe Yukichi's (1924-1993) documentation of the investigation of the murder and dismemberment of Sato Tadashi. On 14 January 1958, the disfigured and amputated body of Sato was discovered in an oil vat near Lake Sembako in Irabaki Prefecture, Japan. Two investigators from Tokyo came to help out the local police in order to resolve what at first appeared to be a banal case, but which proved to be more complex.
For the first time, a photographer was authorised to accompany the police to document the investigation. Photographer Watabe Yukichi followed the inspector as he questioned witnesses (workers in a tannery factory, local police officers etc.) and pounded the streets of the most insalubrious neighbourhoods in Tokyo – its bars, bridges, alleyways and hospitals – in search of the killer. Watabe’s images record much more than simply a police investigation, they reveal Tokyo in the 1950s in a way that has rarely been shown.
His cinematic film noir style images wind through factories, streets and the offices of the investigators to come to the final noir ending, a not so happy resolution with the apprehension of capturing the murderer and the revelation of other heinous crimes.
The book is Included in The Photobook: A History Volume III by Parr/Badger.
A Criminal Investigation｜Yukichi Watabe 渡部雄吉｜ISBN : 978-2-91517-382-6｜210 × 290 mm｜100 Pages｜Japanese binding, Canvas with elastic strap｜Language: English & French｜Published by Atelier EXB｜Copublished with LE BAL