About the Book
Saipan, in the Northern Mariana Islands, was part of the Japanese Empire for 30 years, an outpost populated by both military personnel and civilians. Most of what the Japanese built on the island was destroyed in June-July 1944, during one of the major battles of World War II. The concrete structures that survived remain intact today, raw reminders of the past. These include a jail, lighthouse and hospital, as well as numerous military bunkers and shelters. This collection of photographs looks at these survivors, wondering what stories could be told "If This Concrete Could Talk."
Inspired by his experiences as an exchange student on Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, Kerry G. Hill became a journalist. After graduating from Northwestern University in 1980, he embarked on a 20-year newspaper career in Wisconsin and Illinois -- half of it as the national/international news editor of the Wisconsin State Journal, the state's second-largest daily. Today, he is in charge of communications for the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education, one of the premiere institutions in its field. In recent years, he has been gaining recognition for his photography, including two solo exhibits in Madison.