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Katsumi Watanabe’s portraits of drag queens, gangsters (Yakuza), prostitutes, and entertainers in Tokyo’s nightlife were commissioned for the subjects themselves. Thus, every image exhibits the candid uniqueness of each sitter as they envisioned their own identity, regardless of gender constructs. Sexuality, gender and free self-expression result in beautifully genuine portraits of those who inhabited Kabukicho at night.

 
Manuel Álvarez Bravo

Manuel Álvarez Bravo

Antonio Caballero

Antonio Caballero

Graciela Iturbide

Graciela Iturbide

Yasumasa Morimura

Yasumasa Morimura

Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus

Jo Ann Callis

Jo Ann Callis

Wayne Lawrence

Wayne Lawrence

Tomoko Sawada

Tomoko Sawada

Nancy Burson

Nancy Burson

Cristina Garcia Rodero

Cristina Garcia Rodero

Nikki S. Lee

Nikki S. Lee

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