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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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