Seiji Kurata. Flash up. Street photorandom Tokyo 1975-1979

Flash-Up one of the best debuts since Araki’s in the 70s. Depicting an underworld of “yakuza, strippers, transvestites, Hell’s Angels, and members of the ultra-nationalist Black Dragon Society, and ordinary punters living life on the edge for an hour or two. [Kurata] has an unerring instinct for images that suggest stories…Kurata’s full-on flash style and choice of subject matter has evoked easy comparisons to Weegee, but he remains resolutely his own man and, despite that familiar walk down Shinjuku’s mean streets, this remains one of Japan’s best photobooks of the 1980s.

Text: Hasegawa Akira. 190 BW ills.; paperback. Publisher: Byakuya Shobo, Tokyo, 1980.

ID: 14152

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Flash-Up one of the best debuts since Araki’s in the 70s. Depicting an underworld of “yakuza, strippers, transvestites, Hell’s Angels, and members of the ultra-nationalist Black Dragon Society, and ordinary punters living life on the edge for an hour or two. [Kurata] has an unerring instinct for images that suggest stories…Kurata’s full-on flash style and choice of subject matter has evoked easy comparisons to Weegee, but he remains resolutely his own man and, despite that familiar walk down Shinjuku’s mean streets, this remains one of Japan’s best photobooks of the 1980s.