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11月 27, 2016

“On the Road featuring The Suzan”

Part 2 of The Suzan documentary film will be ready in Spring 2017.
Road to Austin, Texas for SXSW 2013 from New York City.
HD 130min

1月 19, 2013

Work “Portrait of Women In My Delusional Cinemas 3”

Portraits of female artists live in New York City.

From 2008 to present

10月 31, 2012

“The First Step featuring The Suzan”

Suzan01

Movie documentary of Japanese girl group The Suzan.   HD55min.   Directed and Produced.

From 2011 to 2012

8月 4, 2010

Work “Portrait of Women In My Delusional Cinemas 2”

Portraits of female artists live in New York City.

From 2008 to present

7月 1, 2008

Work “Portrait of Women In My Delusional Cinemas 1”

If you see a good portrait photograph, you enjoy personality expressed of the subject, beautiful lighting and etc. Also one must think about what kind of relation this person and the photographer have. Portrait photograph is collaboration of a photographer and a subject. It is relationship between photographer and subject. (I have been wondering why photographers taken all the credit on the portrait photos, because 90% of visual impact come from subjects in a photo.)

That in mind, when I decided to take portrait of women artists at New York in 2008, I thought about relationship between myself and subject. And I thought that our relation should be enjoyable partnership to make portrait photos as our work. Since I like to photograph number of New York women, I think it is better to have same theme. I like to go to see movies since I was 11 years old, so I go to Movie Theater often. Have you experienced that you saw an eye-grabbing poster or still photographs of movie that you had not yet seen, and excited to see the movie and often you kind of disappointed after you saw? You knew the movie still photos had a story, so you imagined your stories, but the movie havedifferent story, of course. I thought this imagination was fun to play with as this series theme. The portrait photos that can imagine stories. The story and photograph are made by our collective effort. We write stories (simple synopsis only) like old movies but never existed and then we visualize into photos. Just like children play around, fun and playful, no stylist, no hair or makeup artist, just a photographer and friends create movie heroin who never existed.

8月 12, 2005

Work “Highway 2005”

It had been 30 years since I hitchhiked from LA to DC, and I decided to drive from the East Coast to the West Coast as a collaborative project with my friend, writer Lisa Koyuki Smith. The book will consist of the photographs I took on the trip and text by her.

5月 1, 2001

Work “Metroscape”

Sequel to “New York – Holy City”, using 8×10 cameras in the busier, more central areas of New York City.

2001 to 2006

8月 1, 1999

Work “Shibuya ’99”

After twenty years of living in the United States, I returned to Tokyo and found that countless things had changed. I saw many Westerners and was glad to see Tokyo as a cosmopolitan city. Yes, there are many blond-haired “Westerners” in Tokyo. But to my amazement, most of them are actually young Japanese who have dyed their hair bleach blond. Among them are a group of girls who call themselves “Gals.” Most are 16 to 18 years old.

In a characteristic accent and vocabulary, they chat loudly with one another, or on cell phones in public places such as commuter trains. Sometimes they crouch in the middle of a busy sidewalk in small groups, chatting and smoking endlessly. They squat down on the sidewalk just like peasants used to in the past. Most people consider them very rude since modesty is expected for Japanese girls. While many people find little good in them, I can see a certain kind of aesthetic sense in these Gals……….

One might think that Gals are directly influenced by the West, because of their hair color and miniskirts. However, the influence from the West is only through such media as TV news, movies, music, and magazines, not from actual experience. Some of these influences have been “Japanized” over the past generation. Young people do not even consider these influences as coming from the West. Gals simply took whatever they thought of as “kawaii,” mixed all these elements together, and reinvented them in an exaggerated “ukiyoe-esque” way. The word “kawaii” can mean “cute,” “precious,” “pretty,” “lovable,” or “right on target,” depending on the context. What the Gals have created has an affinity with Japanese Pop Culture, such as anime, computer games, and manga……….

Takes photographs of 500 Ganguro Gals in Shibuya. Collaboration with Masami Takahashi

8月 1, 1995

Work “Leonia, Kasukabe and Aoyama”

Takes photographs of Leonia, NJ,  Kasukabe and Aoyama in Japan including some domestic scene.

1992 to 1997

5月 1, 1981

Work “New York – Holy City”

Since coming to New York in 1978, I had been enjoying the city’s many museums and galleries. I particularly loved seeing Eugene Atget’s work at the Museum of Modern Art, Edward Hopper at the Whitney Museum, and Superrealist paintings at downtown galleries. One day I found a book of Bernd and Hilla Becher’s work and was amazed.
Around that time, I bought an 8×10 view camera and started to think about my new project, “New York – Holy City.”

May 1981 to November 1994

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