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Restricted Residence by Giles Price examines the relocation of Japanese citizens to two towns exposed to extreme radioactivity following the catastrophic leak at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. In 2017, the Japanese government began to reduce the exclusion zones and financially incentivise residents to return to what were formerly bustling towns. Now, the area is eerily empty, with just a few hundred people brave enough to return.

Restricted Residence is made using thermal cameras more commonly used in medicine or surveying. To emphasise the extreme palette of Price's images, we developed a unique bespoke colour profile with Color Library, moving beyond CMYK to print the images in 5 neon pantones. Stitched through and wrapped with yellow, the heart of Price's book is an essay in English and Japanese by veteran environmental reporter Fred Pearce.

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