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Japanese Street Portraits

The 'Tokyo Street Portraits' Photos Consist of Intimate Close-Up Shots

— May 9, 2014 — World
'Tokyo Street Portraits' is a photo series put together by Japanese photographer and Tokyo resident Tatsuo Suzuki. The series consists of highly intimate, close-up portraits of people in the streets of Tokyo going about their day. The characters chosen by Suzuki all appear to lead difficult lives as suggested by their appearance and facial expression. The photos show the subjects for who they are, and convey their humanity without filtering out their flaws.

The photos do not reveal too much about the subjects' backgrounds and situations, leaving it to the viewer to imagine what their stories might be.

Most of the subjects of 'Tokyo Street Portraits' are old and unkempt, and the vast majority are too tired, frustrated or preoccupied to smile for the camera. This gives the photos a realistic if grim air.

These intimate, up-close portraits of people in the streets of Tokyo speak for themselves. We love the direct gaze, the honesty and tough humanity of these photographs. One can only imagine the stories behind these time-worn faces.
Trend Themes
1. Intimate Street Portraits - Opportunity for photographers to capture the emotional depth of individuals on the streets, revealing their humanity and inviting viewers to reflect on their stories.
2. Personal Storytelling - The use of minimal information about the subjects allows viewers to create their own narratives, presenting an opportunity for writers and content creators to explore and share these untold stories.
3. Realistic Photography - The focus on capturing unfiltered expressions and flaws of individuals presents an opportunity for makeup artists and fashion designers to embrace natural beauty and create inclusive campaigns.
Industry Implications
1. Photography - Photographers can use this approach to capture raw emotions and tell powerful stories through their images.
2. Writing and Content Creation - Writers and content creators can craft narratives and explore the untold stories behind these street portraits.
3. Beauty and Fashion - Makeup artists and fashion designers can promote inclusivity and natural beauty by showcasing unfiltered expressions and flaws in their campaigns.
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