tokyo: tokyo-ga+

© masayoshi sukita

in a previous post we talked about takeo kikuchi's brand new flagship on bustling meiji dori in tokyo. although packed to the guilds with coveted fashion collections, it aims to be an inspiring lifestyle hub and meeting place for its discerning male clientele. the store currently hosts an exhibition on the premises of japanese star photographer masayoshi sukita called tokyo-ga+. born in rural northern japan in 1938, sukita was frequently taken to the cinema by his uncle when he was a child and this would have a lasting influence all his life. in his teenage years he was obsessed by films starring james dean and marlon brando, and those with a rock 'n roll element in it. not surprisingly, sukita credits films and music as the main sources of his photography style.

after establishing himself as a freelance photographer in the early 1970s sukita frequently traveled to new york and london where he immersed himself in local subcultures. in 1972 sukita met david bowie in london for the first time and was immediately astounded by his music and flamboyant style. he got himself a photo shoot with the musician which would be the kick-off of a collab that now lasts for more than 40 years. mind you, sukita would eventually shoot the cover of bowie's iconic heroes album in 1977. but now back to his show at the takeo kikuchi store. on display throughout the store are photographs of sukita, starring british-japanese cult model louis kurihara who's clad in the latest takeo kikuchi collections and is loosely styled and groomed after bowie in the 1970s [on through jun 16]. location: 6-25-10 jingumae [shibuya].

© masayoshi sukita