Introduction Next up in our trip through Japanese erotic photography is the female photographer Maki Miyashita (宮下 マキ), who was born in 1975 in Kagoshima, Kyushu. Even though she started studying film at the Kyoto college of Art, her interest shifted to photography while working a part-time job at a film processing lab in Kyoto….
Category: Erotic Photography
Erotic photopraphy: Critical introduction to Gravure/グラビア and Gradols/グラドル
Introduction This article is written as a critical response to an article written by Shinshi Okajima for Tokyo Girls’ update. His article, in our opinion, provides an unsatisfactory explanation of the phenomenon of gradols/グラドル [gravure idols] for male subjects. By misrepresenting the use of fabric in the world of gravure/グラビア, he fails in our…
Japanese ‘erotic’ photography: 村田兼一, Ken-ichi Murata. (Part 2)
Erotic ‘fetish’ tension of life and death force. “When I was ten years old, I came to realize that “the human will die someday”. And I got so afraid of death that I could not get out of my house at all. Since then I got anxiety neurosis and have been living with it….
Japanese ‘erotic’ photography: 村田兼一, Ken-ichi Murata. (Part 1)
Introduction Before we formally introduce Ken-Ichi Murata and his oeuvre, we’re obliged to recapitulate any ideas that we’ve formulated in our discussion of Sakiko Nomura. This will enable us as well as the reader to see if our formulations need further elaboration of diversification. The central idea in our previous discussion was that there is…