Friday, 24 August 2012

Sukita Masayoshi

I often pop into the Ebisu Photography Museum to check out an exhibition and am nearly always impressed by the selection on offer. The other day I went to see the retrospective of Sukita Masayoshi, a Japanese photographer who has captured the image of many famous icons of the music and film world, as well as documenting life in Japan and New York. Sukita first met David Bowie in London in 1972 and from there they built a relationship where Sukita documented Bowie's rise to fame as well as his changing looks. A large section of the exhibition showed Bowie in his early years as the androgynous Ziggy Stardust. It was great to see shots of Bowie as his alter ego, but there were also some beautiful studio shots of him 'au naturel', in leather jacket and messy hair where he almost looked more androgynous than in his stage gear.

As well as the shots of famous people, there were also some beautiful black and white photographs of everyday life in Japan and New York, ranging from the punk scene in Manhattan, to an ethereal moment in Grand Central station.

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