September 4, 2015

Portraits of Gangs of Kabukicho, Tokyo in the 1960s and 1970s

Kabukicho is the red-light district of Shinjuku Tokyo and back in the 1960s and '70s, photographer Watanabe Katsumi focused his lens on the nighttime inhabitants of this area. These subjects included prostitutes, transvestites and gang members, whom all agreed to pose for the photographer’s camera. He would then return the next evening and deliver prints to his subjects for a minimal amount of money.


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