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Keizo Kitajima at Amador Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 29, 2009
Updated: Monday, January 13, 2014

The portraits in this Japanese photographer's exhibition were made between 1975 and 1991, primarily on the street but also in places ranging from dive bars off the U.S. Army base on Okinawa to New York's Danceteria.


His best work is the earliest, which is dark and a bit disturbing, including shots of off-duty soldiers, working girls, and Tokyo drag queens. Some of these images were rephotographed for maximum grain and distortion, but even without this manipulation much of the later work has a similarly edgy, ominous mood reminiscent of Brassaï, Leon Levinstein, and Kitajima's teacher, Daido Moriyama.

Read the complete review in The New Yorker.

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