poster for Katsumi Watanabe Exhibition

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Photographer Katsumi Watanabe passed away on January 29th, 2006, leaving thousands of photographs that he had taken, mostly in the shadows of Shinjuku. This artist left his hometown in Iwate prefecture after graduating high school to pursue photography, and quickly became attracted to an edgier part of society than the Tojo Kaikan to which he belonged for 5 years. Tokyo was in the midst of rapid physical and economic development, and the city's energy was especially tangible at night in Shinjuku where Watanabe took many of his works. His numerous portraits of the characters of Shinjuku - tattooed yakuza, prostitutes posing happily - and many others, express a timeless message.

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From 2008-02-09 To 2008-04-20

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Vicente Gutierrez tablog review

Portraits of the Underworld

Katsumi Watanabe's retrospective at the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art delves into Shinjuku's murky past and present.

sashanihon: (2008-03-11 at 20:03)

maiko: (2008-04-14 at 23:04)

新宿がやっぱり好きだと感じました。
高度経済成長と共に飛躍してきた文化や都市には
こうした人々の生きるエネルギーが幾重にも重なって
いるってことを、むさ苦しいくらいに表出されているプリントがぎっしり詰まってます。
改装前後の風林会館のパリジェンヌの喫茶店が
この頃の新宿と今の新宿の色を映し出しているようです。

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