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Taiwan 1971-1978.

Photographs by Akio Ohki.
Nishinippon Newspaper Co., Ltd., Fukuoka, In Japanese and, 2000. In Japan. 83 pp., 60 black-and-white illustrations, 10x9¾".

Taiwan's modern history has a plot-line familiar to the history of many small territories around the globe that have been caught between the push-and-pull of political ideologies. Invasion, resistance, damning isolation, and exaggerated international attention are the characters continually recast on the stage of the 20th century. But the particulars, of necessity, always differ. Japan had surrended, bringing about the close of the Pacific theater of WWII as well as their occupation of Taiwan, a rather small island off the coast of China. The civil war in China that followed, between the Nationalist and Communist parties, led to a situation where the Nationalists fled to Taiwan, leaving the mainland under Mao's rule and the island in a state of uncertainty and martial law which lasted until 1987. The 70s, as witnessed by the Japanese-born photographer Akio Ohki, were years of complete isolation, and these images were taken with absolute discretion. This is the first time they have been shown or published. Darkly printed and utilizing shadow to its utmost impact, Ohki's street photographs include butchers, vendors, locals people and religious festivals, many of which have been lost to time. Read Publisher's Description.

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