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Maker(s):Kageyama Kōyō
Culture:Japanese (1907-1981)
Title:One Poor Family - The Severe Bad Harvest in Tōhoku
Date Made:1934-12-09
Materials:gelatin silver print
Measurements:Sheet: 14 x 11"; Image: 12.8750 x 9.375"
Accession Number:  AC 2014.52
Credit Line:Museum purchase with gift of funds from Scott H. Nagle (Class of 1985) in honor of Samuel C. Morse, Howard M. and Martha P. Mitchell Professor of the History of Art and Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the Richard Templeton (Class of 1931) Photography Fund
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
In 1930 as Japan was beginning to feel the full effects of the Great Depression, famine struck in the Tōhoku district in northern Honshū, the result of a succession of bad harvests. Farming families there were so desperate for food and money that they sold their older daughters into prostitution in the big cities, especially Tokyo. Kageyama was sent there in 1934 by his employer, the Asahi Newspapers, to document the suffering. He later wrote about this experience, observing that in the cities, life went on, oblivious to this deprivation.

Professor Samuel C. Morse, 2015

children; men; women; poverty

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