Movie theatres are places filled with joy, fear, love, and boredom. Photographer Weegee has captured all these emotions and more by snapping photos of unsuspecting patrons in a 1940’s Manhattan movie house. By using a infrared film and a filtered flashbulb, Weegee was able to capture faces of concentration, slumber, happiness and romance by the glow of the sliver screen.
Weegee is known for his work of gangland murder scenes and the crowds they attract. To some, this series of theatre shots don’t fall in line with his most famous work. In fact Weegee is using this scene to further explain that the world is not exactly as we perceive it. He has made it his task to look closely at the ways we view the world, and creating a deeper understanding for what we maybe missing around us....
Kabukichō is the red light district in Shinjuku, central Tokyo. The original 1940’s plans for this district was dedicated to the kabuki theatre, but instead the area became the hub for the red light scene; homing bustling night clubs, hostess clubs and love hotels. At night, the busy neon-lit streets are filled with the curious, the workers and with around a thousand yakuza, which are said to operate the area.
During the 1960’s and 1970’s photographer Wantanbe Katsumi (1941-2006) roamed the Kabukichō area offering to take photos the sharply dress yakuza, the pimps, the prostitutes and the drag queens that resided and worked in the area. Katsumi would approach each of this subjects and offer to take their picture. He often got shots of his subjects unabashedly spontaneous and unguarded. The following evening Katsumi would return and deliver the prints for 200 yen.
In 1973, the first volume of Wantanbe Katsumi’s photos...
Urs Lüthi is a Swiss eclectic and innovative conceptual artist. During his career he experimented with a wide range of styles and techniques. From photography, sculpture, performance, silk-screen, video and painting. His most iconic pieces are from his self portraiture, where he invokes his alter ego to embody his persona. These works invites his viewers into vital periods and moments that have influenced his life; like relationships, global issues, brands and advertising. Lüthi’s has exhibited his work in several European cities, such as Galerie Tanit in Munich, Studio Morra, Naples and Studio Marconi. In 2001, he participated in Venice Biennale by exhibiting himself – lying in the middle of the room in the Swiss pavilion. Since 1994 Lüthi has been a university professor in Kassel, Germany....
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