Category: Tokyo

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The Supremes at press conference in Tokyo, August 1966.

Madonna at press conference for Who’s That Girl Japan Tour, June 1987, Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Koh Hasebe

Marilyn on her honeymoon in Tokyo, Japan, 1954, Edward Weston Collection

Jean-Michel Basquiat photographed by Yutaka Sakano in Tokyo, 1983.

Jean-Michel Basquiat photographed by Yutaka Sakano in Tokyo for Issey Miyake in 1983.

Yutaka Sakano: In the workshop, Basquiat finds a box of white paint used to paint the cyclorama. He dipped a brush and held it in front of his face, while splashing paint everywhere. This surprised everyone attending the scene. Whenever he repeated the movement, his leather jacket got a little more paint. After a while, Midori screamed her indignation, because with the exception of the jeans and moccasins he came with, all the clothes for the shoot were graciously loaned by Issey Miyake. His jeans and moccasins are already splashed with paint, with colors found in his paintings. He seemed to have jumped directly from his New York loft to the Tokyo studio.

I think I remember that Basquiat picked up objects he found in the studio and used them in a very personal and fascinating way for this shoot. At the time, 22 years old, Basquiat still had childish features and his smile reflected the mischievous look of youth. His art reflects the same pure and innocent spirit.

Jean-Michel Basquiat photographed by Yutaka Sakano in Tokyo, 1983.

The Supremes at press conference in Tokyo, August 1966.

Herb Ritts flew to Tokyo in 1987 with a plan to snap photos of Madonna all over town. But the pulsating mob of screaming fans that followed her everywhere she went on the Japanese leg of the “Who’s That Girl” tour made that impossible. Ritts called the Rolling Stone office in a panic, and the decision was made to simply shoot the pop star in the bed of her hotel room. No one remembers where the Minnie Mouse hat came from, but the shoot, born from desperation, resulted in the perfect mix of lighthearted glamour. “Of all the pictures taken of Madonna, that’s probably the most innocent one,” said former Rolling Stone photo director Laurie Kratochvil. “It shows another side of her – goofy, cute and self-effacing. People could just relate.” 

Rolling Stone 
(November 2, 2017)

Duran Duran photographed

by Koh Hasebe

at Atagoyama in Tokyo on May 2, 1982. 

Duran Duran photographed by Koh Hasebe in Tokyo on May 2, 1982.