Although she could not speak herself, I am sure that Tomoko felt that her family were worried for her". This photograph would be a profanity if it continued to be issued against the will of Tomoko and her family. He refused any interviews and disliked the idea of Tomoko's image being further exploited: "I wanted Tomoko to be laid to rest and this feeling was growing steadily", he said. Jim Hughes, a biographer said of Smith, "Although he wanted a photograph that would clearly show Tomoko's deformed body, Gene told me it was Ryoko Uemura, the mother, who suggested the bathing chamber". Eugene Smith His Life and Photographs. Tomoko's parents allowed Smith to photograph their daughter's body, in the hope that it might draw attention to the plight of similar families in Minamata and other pollution victims all over the world. The issue of Minamata disease and the plights of the victims was brought to worldwide attention by this photo essay and book. All these pressures added up significantly for the Uemura family.
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