Photographic Document – The Tiniest Life

Kazuo Kenmochi


Edition : First / Tokyo / Kekkon-Seikatsu Sha / 1971 / Hardcover. / VG+ / VG+
4to, 104pp. White boards in dustwrapper and slipcase. Numerous Black & White plates printed in gravure. Text in Japanese.

Despite Kenmochi’s most famous works being about drugs, his most harrowing is about pregnancy and abortion – which he documents meticulously. I really wouldn’t recommend looking at this unless you are of a hardy disposition, dismembered foetus limbs and abnormalities are not for the faint hearted. But there is a successful live birth at the end to make it a little less grim. Quite an important document of a common, but not commonly spoken of procedure.

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