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Tomoko in Her Bath, Mother and daughter with Minamata Disease, Japan, 1971. Photographed by W. Eugene Smith.

Tomoko in Her Bath, Mother and daughter with Minamata Disease, Japan, Photographed by W.

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Tomoko Uemura in Her Bath by William Eugene Smith - Inspirational Story behind a Photo

Eugene Smith Tomoko Uemura in Her Bath, Minamata, Japan 1972 - victims of mercury poisoning in a Japanese fishing village

W. Eugene Smith, Tomoko Uemura in her bath, 1971 from Minamata Minamata Disease (methylmercury poisoning) on Public Health & Social Justice Website

W. Eugene Smith, Tomoko Uemura in her bath, 1971 from Minamata Minamata Disease (methylmercury poisoning) on Public Health & Social Justice Website

[Victims of Minamata Disease confront Chisso's President Shimada]

[Victims of Minamata Disease confront Chisso's President Shimada]

W. Eugene Smith  JAPAN. Minamata. Bunzo HAYASHIDA, a victim of the Minamata Disease. 1971.

W. Eugene Smith JAPAN. Minamata. Bunzo HAYASHIDA, a victim of the Minamata Disease. 1971.

This photograph shows a 12 year girl who was a victim of the Minamata disease. Her mother was holding her on her arms.

Photojournalism: Martin Argles

Takak ISAYAMA, a 12 year old fetal (congenital) victim of Minamata Disease, with her mother.

Protestors at the gates of the Chisso factory: Minamata disease is caused by severe mercury poisoning. It was first discovered in Minamata city in Kumamoto prefecture in 1956. It was caused by the release of methylmercury in the industrial wastewater from the Chisso Corporation's chemical factory, which continued from 1932 to 1968. While deaths continued for 36 years, the government and company did little to prevent the pollution. In 2004, Chisso was ordered to clean up its contamination.

Protestors at the gates of the Chisso factory: Minamata disease is caused by severe mercury poisoning. It was first discovered in Minamata city in Kumamoto prefecture in 1956. It was caused by the release of methylmercury in the industrial wastewater from the Chisso Corporation's chemical factory, which continued from 1932 to 1968. While deaths continued for 36 years, the government and company did little to prevent the pollution. In 2004, Chisso was ordered to clean up its contamination.

JAPAN. Minamata. Bunzo HAYASHIDA, a victim of the Minamata Disease. 1971.Magnum Photos

JAPAN. Minamata. Bunzo HAYASHIDA, a victim of the Minamata Disease. 1971.Magnum Photos

Photo by  Eugene Smith: JAPAN. Minamata. Yahei IKEBA with his wife. They both suffer from the Minamata Disease. Yahei is bedridden and cannot feed himself. 1971.

Photo by Eugene Smith: JAPAN. Yahei IKEBA with his wife. They both suffer from the Minamata Disease. Yahei is bedridden and cannot feed himself.

Tomoko in Her Bath, Mother and daughter with Minamata Disease, Japan, 1971. Photographed by W. Eugene Smith.

Tomoko in Her Bath, Mother and daughter with Minamata Disease, Japan, Photographed by W.

W. Eugene SMITH ::  Isamu Nagai at the Minamata Institute for the victims of the Minamata disease, Japan, 1971

Eugene SMITH :: Isamu Nagai at the Minamata Institute for the victims of the Minamata disease, Japan, 1971

Tomoko in Her Bath, Mother and daughter with Minamata Disease, Japan, 1971. Photographed by W. Eugene Smith.

Tomoko in Her Bath, Mother and daughter with Minamata Disease, Japan, Photographed by W.

Bitter Sea: The Human Cost of Minamata Disease: 1st (First) Edition

Bitter Sea: The Human Cost of Minamata Disease: (First) Edition