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Amputee Venus

Soft Cover / PUR Binding



65photos, all full coror


Photo Book
Amputee Venus: Ability Not Disability


This is a deeply moving collection of photographs of 11 Japanese women who, having lost a leg for various reasons, are now moving forward with pride and confidence, stepping forth on prosthetic legs to lead active, fulfilling lives.

All photographs are by Takao Ochi, who has been documenting sports for the disabled since 2000. For this project, he worked with Fumio Usui, a noted prosthetics expert in Japan who has developed specialized prostheses for athletes. Usui introduced clients interested in sharing their lives with others. Together, they hope to challenge existing views about people with disabilities by presenting positive, true images.

Artificial legs can be adapted for any life-style. Anyything is possible. The women who posed for these photographs want to be seen for their abilities, and to offer encouragement to people throughout the world. They are optimists living with prostheses, each with a story to tell.

This is a large-format book of photographs, all of which are in full color. There is a small amount of text in the book, which is in Japanese, but the English version is shipped with a specially prepared cover jacket that provides an introduction of each model in English as well as information about the photographer and prosthethic specialist. The Japanese version, Setsudan Venus, can be purchased at bookstores throughout Japan and for internet orders through Amazon Japan ( . Please note: the international version of "Amputee Venus," with the English jacket and other information in English, is only available from Jungetsusha, the official publisher of "Amputee Venus." Other sellers on Amazon Marketplace will only be able to provide the Japanese version. Please be careful as you make your purchase to avoid disappointment; the English edition can only be ordered from Jungetsusha.

Orders for domestic shipment to Japan are welcome and can be ordered here with easy payment in dollars through PayPal. No PayPal account is necessary; you can also use your credit card to pay through PayPal. The price is $22 and shipping price of $11.00, with fast, reliable express shipping via Yamato Transport.


Note on import duties: most countries allow books in duty-free but a few countries may charge import duties upon arrival. If you are concerned about the possibility of customs fees, please check the rules in your country before ordering. There is no nudity in this book.