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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

Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus

Nancy Burson

Nancy Burson

Andrew Bush

Andrew Bush

Antonio Caballero

Antonio Caballero

Jo Ann Callis

Jo Ann Callis

Graciela Iturbide

Graciela Iturbide

Wayne Lawrence

Wayne Lawrence

Jocelyn Lee

Jocelyn Lee

Nikki S. Lee

Nikki S. Lee

Susan Meiselas

Susan Meiselas

Yasumasa Morimura

Yasumasa Morimura

 
Lise Sarfati

Lise Sarfati

Tomoko Sawada

Tomoko Sawada

 

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