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...
AM: Where were you born?
DL: I was born in Staten Island, New York.
AM: What was your dream as a kid?
DL: I’ve wanted to be an actor for as long as I can remember. I actually just moved to Los Angeles to continue that chase.
AM: How did you start taking photos professionally?
DL: I played a photographer in a film. The director was helpful in pointing me in a certain direction. Once we finished filming, I took a large detour from acting to focus on photography.
AM: What are the things that inspire you the most?
DL: I always say cinema and women when I am asked this question lately. I watch all movies with a furrowed brow, very focused. When I see a good movie, I want to make a good movie. I’ve always and obviously been really taken by interesting women as well.
AM: What is the Importance of travel in your work?
DL: Being in different cities in different countries is extre...
New players, everyday. Being there when it happens for the first time - and sharing it. Searching for fresh, new talent, and searching everywhere.
I was born in Caracas (Venezuela). My family moved to Italy just after I was born. I have only been back to South America just one time - I consider myself 100% Italian.