Gangs of Kabukicho - Katsumi Watanabe
Gangs of Kabukicho
PPP Editions, 2006
1st edition, softcover
20 x 29 cm, 160 pages
A brilliant and out-of-print book on 70's Tokyo by one of the great chroniclers of the nightlife of that era. The subjects of itinerant Tokyo portrait photographer Watanabe Katsumi's 1960's and 70's photographs are prostitutes, street people, drag queens, entertainers and gangsters that populated Kabukicho, the red-light district of Shinjuku, at night during that era. Watanabe made his living by selling these photographs to his subjects, offering three prints for 200 yen. To accompany the photographs collected in this volume, which borrows its title from Watanabe's first book, 'The Gangs of Shinjuku', published in 1973, photography scholar Iizawa Kotaro chronicles the history of Shinjuku and offers a biography of the late Watanabe.