Gal culture flourished in Shibuya at the end of 20th century. In the late 1990s, young girls filled Shibuya’s Centre Gai Street and began reating a unique cultural movement that would eventually spread throughout Japan. People came from all over the country to gather in Shibuya, having long dreamt of dressing themselves in the latest outfits from Shibuya 109. This book presents the vivid scenes that unfolded in Shibuya in 1999.
Photographs by CLOWN (Mike Nogami+Masami Takahashi)Buy@shashasha 写々者
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Include more than 4000 photos from 1953 to 1999, mostry from early 1970’s, a lot of text and audio commentaries with special guests. Include documentation of the infamous HAPPY END band in early 1970’s.
Text in English and Japanese.
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From Japan Times on December 5, 2014Japan Times Review
2012, Self Published Limited Edition of 30 books.
97 photographs; text in English
Photographs from 1980-1982 using medium format cameras.
These photographs are of the New York of the 1960s and 1970s, a world that was disappearing quickly. The cars were gorgeous, the neon was bewitching, and the city was a little dangerous, which only made it sexier.
2006, Shufu no Tomo Sha
144 pages; text in English and Japanese
A retrospective of the work of the legendary design group WORKSHOP MU!!, (Yasushi Nakayama, Yukimasa Okumura, and the leader, Tatsuhiko Manabe) active in Japan from 1970-1976. WORKSHOP MU!! invented a new approach to visual sensibility and lifestyle to match the aesthetic and cultural innovations of the time. Mike Nogami, who worked with WORKSHOP MU!!, wrote the forward, and the majority of the photographs in the book (both of WORKSHOP MU!! and in their designs) are his.Buy@AmazonJP
(Volume 1 & Volume 2)
2002, Blues Interaction
463 photographs; text in Japanese.
A rare and precise documentary of Japanese pop culture in the late 1960s and early 1970s. As the title suggests, this is a collection of images from Mike Nogami’s photographic diary of his life in Tokyo during that era. The focus of the collection is Nogami’s friends’ rock band, the now-legendary Happy End. In addition to documenting the social milieu and Nogami’s personal life, the photographs trace the evolution of Happy End, from its first incarnation as Apryl Fool to the end of the band and the beginnings of the group members’ solo careers.Buy@AmazonJP
1997, Bijitsu Shuppan Sha
90 photographs; text in English and Japanese
In his constant explorations from Harlem to the South Bronx and industrial Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan, Mike Nogami discovered a transcendent world and captured it on film. In these fringe parts of New York there is none of the city’s famous glamour, only an urban desert of industrial buildings. The photographs in New York – Holy City are powerful images of NYC landscapes that, while desolate, are also beautiful and spiritual.Buy@shashasha