KATSUMI WATANABE - GANGS OF KABUKICHO
KATSUMI WATANABE - GANGS OF KABUKICHO
KATSUMI WATANABE - GANGS OF KABUKICHO
KATSUMI WATANABE - GANGS OF KABUKICHO

KATSUMI WATANABE - GANGS OF KABUKICHO

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KATSUMI WATANABE
GANGS OF KABUKICHO

Published by PPP editions, 2006
Book size 29,5 x 20,5 cm
Pages 160 Pages 
155 duotone b&w images
Softcover
Language English
ISBN 9780971548039


The subjects of itinerant Tokyo portrait photographer Watanabe Katsumi’s 1960s and 70s photographs are the prostitutes, street people, drag queens, entertainers and gangsters (Yakuza) that populated night-time Kabukicho, the red light district of Shinjuku. Watanabe made his living by selling these photographs to his subjects, offering three prints for 200 yen. Captivating as they are intriguing, the duotone images that fill this edition demonstrate the keen sensitivity of a photographer that managed to capture his fascinating collection of subjects in natural and uninhibited postures.

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Un recueil de photographies prises dans les années 60 et 70 à Tokyo par Watanabe Katsumi. Le sujet sont les prostituées, les gens de la rue, les drag queens, les artistes et les gangsters (Yakuza) qui peuplaient la nuit Kabukicho, le quartier rouge de Shinjuku. Watanabe gagnait sa vie en vendant ces photographies à ses sujets, offrant trois tirages pour 200 yens. Captivantes comme intrigantes, les images bichromiques qui remplissent cette édition démontrent la sensibilité aiguë d’un photographe qui a réussi à capturer sa fascinante collection de sujets dans des postures naturelles et décomplexées.