Shinjuku Guntoden 66/73

Katsumi Watanabe


Edition : First / Tokyo / Baragaho Sha / 1973 / Softcover. / VG+
Small 8vo, 128pp. Printed wraps. Numerous Black & White plates. Text in Japanese.

Printed in either 500 or 1000 copies, nobody is quite sure, with half being lost to water damage. During the late sixties and early seventies Watanabe earned his living as a portrait photographer, shooting his subjects on the street and then selling them prints for 200 yen. This book is a collection of shots from the period with Watanabe’s printed annotations underneath- prostitutes, gangsters, cross dressers, night faces, gay men and party goers. The most authentic portrait of an underground world, which Watanabe was himself a part of for many years.

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