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Kyoichi Tsuzuki

Japanese photographer Kyoichi Tsuzuki (b. 1956, Tokyo) describes himself as a journalist. His photographic series propose a full-immersion into the private lives of the Japanese. At the beginning of the 1990s, he set about offering a glimpse into what happens beyond the public life of the Japanese capital in the form of a photo-reportage. You can see private homes in Tokyo that are usually inaccessible, and traditional housing mixed with western consumer culture. For his Happy Victims series, Tsuzuki took portraits of strangers in their rooms surrounded by the clothes and accessories of their favourite designer. The treasures of these ‘fashion victims’ literally take over their tiny flats, echoing the considerable strain this passion places on their budget. Simultaneously, the photographer reveals an aspect of the personality of these willing victims, for whom fashion, fetishised, becomes a cult object and the mirror of personal aspirations. Those staged scenes are part of the construction of each person’s identity, and feed a form of contemporary mythology. Tsuzuki’s works, while eloquently commenting on living conditions in Japanese cities, do not reflect the distanced gaze of a sociologist analysing the world around him. Rather they testify far more to the empathy – tinged with a light irony – felt by the artist when confronted with the desire for possession that motivates these ‘happy victims’.


  1. Kyoichi Tsuzuki Happy Victims, 1999-2004

    Série de 32 photographies couleur
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2003
    © Kyoichi Tsuzuki
    © Photos : Rémi Villaggi

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