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Scorching flames, rising black smoke, beads of sweat streaming down sooty faces, men's angry voices echoing through the air, and the smell of fuel oil. Since my first visit to Bangladesh in 2012, I have repeatedly visited and photographed the people who make the "screws" of ships. They worked in a small, dark, cave-like workshop.

There, adults and children worked together to create a cold, hard metal by pouring molten red liquid, like magma, into the pitch-black ground, which was covered with iron sand. It was like a world of creation myths.

Stillness and motion, softness and hardness, light and shadow, regeneration and destruction.

The screw is produced using the tremendous labor of the workers as fuel.

Again and again, I was absorbed by the tremendous energy swirling in this small workshop and gazed at them as if devouring them.

Akihito Yoshida

At the end of the book is a novel entitled “The Screw" written by novelist Ishii Shinji for this book.
Design is by Tamon Yahagi, who has worked on many of Yoshida's photo books.

About the cover of the book
The cover photo was printed on a RISO-graph printing press, the title name was stamped, and the author's name was handwritten by Akihito Yoshida for each book.
The screws depicted in this book are all produced by hand, and each screw is slightly different from the others.


Exhibition Schedule

April 15 - May 14, 2023

Gallery SUGATA

271-1 Takoyakushi-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, 604-0021, Japan

Talk Event: April 29, 2023 (Sat) 13:30-15:00


May 1 - 15, 2023

Seikosha bookstore

437 Tawaraya-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, 602-0871, Japan

Talk event: Tuesday, May 2, 18:30 doors open, 19:00 start


Photo: Akihito Yoshida

Novel: Shinji Ishii

Design: Tamon Yahagi

Editing: Akihito Yoshida

English translation: Lauri Kitsunik

Printing: Marujoh Planning


Price: 8,580 JPY

Format: 297mm x 420mm

Number of pages: 96

Number of photos: 50

Language: Japanese / English

B&W photos

Publication date: April 22, 2023

Publisher: Three Books

Publisher: Akihito Yoshida / Moe Suzuki

ISBN: 978-4-9911731-1-0 C-0072

Price: 8580 JPY


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The shipping costs below to be confirmed due to the recent change in the shipping scheme by Japan Post (Oct 2023)

*North America 4,300 TBC

Europe 3,900 TBC

Asia / Oceania  2,000 TBC

*Central &South America / Africa 2,300 TBC


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