Hot Dog. Photo Album 1999 – 2000

In Hot Dog Shinjuku 1999-2000, famed “drifting photographer of Shinjuku” Katsumi Watanabe’s covers the same turf he explored in depth in his seminal “Gangs of Kabukicho.” Kabukicho, in the east of Shinjuku ward, remains the city’s seedy underbelly,, despite recent efforts at gentrification. Shot over the course of a year as Watanabe was turning 60, marking the last major publication of Watanabe’s work when he was alive. Watanabe, who died of stomach cancer in 2006, was an itinerant who made a measly living – during one low point he gave up photography altogether and sold sweet potatoes on the sidewalks – shooting the dissolute denizens of Kabukicho, including the “blue-light” district’s many drag queens, prostitutes and gangsters.

cm 18×22; 115 BW ills.; paperback. Publisher: Wides Shuppan, Tokyo, 2001.

ISBN: 9784898301227| 4898301223

ID: 15392

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In Hot Dog Shinjuku 1999-2000, famed “drifting photographer of Shinjuku” Katsumi Watanabe’s covers the same turf he explored in depth in his seminal “Gangs of Kabukicho.” Kabukicho, in the east of Shinjuku ward, remains the city’s seedy underbelly,, despite recent efforts at gentrification. Shot over the course of a year as Watanabe was turning 60, marking the last major publication of Watanabe’s work when he was alive. Watanabe, who died of stomach cancer in 2006, was an itinerant who made a measly living – during one low point he gave up photography altogether and sold sweet potatoes on the sidewalks – shooting the dissolute denizens of Kabukicho, including the “blue-light” district’s many drag queens, prostitutes and gangsters.

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