In 1982 Gilles Elie Cohen met the Del Vikings in a vacant lot in the 19 arrondissement of Paris. At the time he was not a professional photographer, but he had taken a strong liking to the band. Spending most of his time with Del Vikings, he followed them to festivals and concerts. At this time Cohen met another Parisian band, the Black Panthers, who had the same ideologies as the Del Vikings.
These bands were heavily influenced by the 1950’s rock’n’roll lifestyle, drawing inspiration from Elvis Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. During this time, many French bands paid tribute to and drew inspiration from old-school rockabilly.
When Cohen met these groups, the Del Vikings and the Black Panthers were still friends. As time went on the two bands turned out to be enemies. Due to differences in rock’n’roll subcultures like style, music, and political view points.
The Del Vikings were “cats”- a roc...
Christer Strömholm (1918-2002) was a well known photographer in Sweden, but was lesser known to the global art world. His work specialized in black and white, realistic portraits. In the 1950’s Strömholm traveled to Paris where he made a deep connection with the trans community. There he spent time photographing his new friends and was welcomed and fully immersed in the culture
His female muses worked as trans prostitutes during the evenings, making their way to save for sexual reassignment surgeries. Strömholm’s subjects were photographed throughout Paris; living their daily lives, to intimate moments with their lovers and customers, and showing off their beloved fashions in traditional 50’s style.
In 1983 Strömholm published a book with the collections of his subjects and their private lives. This collection is an extremely rare item, making even the reprints nearly impossible to find and usually costing several hun...
What we know as Tokyo might be described as fast paced city life, clean, modernized and filled with businessmen and women alike. Most cities have a darker side, but how often has it been in focus and called to our attention?
Masatoshi Naito is an acclaimed Japanese photographer. His works have been exhibited at some of the most well known galleries such as the MOMA and the Barbican. His book Super Labo depicting the voiceless citizens of Tokyo, the was first published in 1985 and was republished this year.
During 1970 and 1985, Naito spent his evenings photographing the darker subculture of Japan.
After the mainstream people left the city, the other side came out to play. Capturing images of the homeless, and their evening rituals. From collectors of bottles, boxes and food, to sex workers to alcoholics.
Naito says in his books “Somebody gathers food dumped by restaurants. Another one picks up cardboard...
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