Mushrooms from the Forest 2011


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Takashi Homma Blind Gallery, Tokyo. 2011. First edition, first printing. One of the best modern japanese photobooks. Limited to 950 copies only. Published in two colors; tan and blue (here: tan). So limited to only 475 copies per color! Softcover. 288 pages. 147 photos.  “The earthquake and subsequent tsunami of March 11th, 2011, near Japan`s Tohoku region, led to the catastrophic equipment failures and nuclear disaster of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.Six months later, on September 15th, the Japanese government prohibited the gathering and ingestion of any mushrooms grown in the forty-three cities of Fukushima prefecture. Traces of radiation exceeding safety limits were detected in some wild mushroom varieties. Fungi inherently absorb radiation much more rapidly than other organisms. My Geiger counter detected a greatly elevated level of radiation in the lush forests of Fukushima when compared to the region’s urban areas. The wild mushrooms in the photographs assembled here are from those forests.” Very Good in tan wrappers.