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Masatoshi Naito

While most photographers would back out at the thought of capturing the life of a psychopath, drunkard or weirdo, photographer Masatoshi Naito accepted the challenge with open arms. The result was the iconic photo book “Tokyo: 1970-1985.” Published in 1985 by the Meicho Shuppan company, “Tokyo: 1970-1985” is a collection of what are considered the ‘weird’ people of Japan. Naito’s ability to capture ‘life’ in odd, anathematized people gave him international acclaim and respect in the world of photography.

Apart from his ‘eccentric’ book, Naito’s snapshots were also catalogued in famous photo compilations, such as “Off: Visual Dummy Quarterly Photography, 1,” printed in 1973 by the Kosakusha company of Tokyo. The collection, which was edited by Seigo Matsuoka, features works of renowned shutterbugs, such as Jun Morinaga and Hajime Sawatari.

In 1974, his portraits were included in the compilation “Fifteen Photographers Today” by The National Museum of Modern Art. Two of his images, together with his headshot, were published alongside the snapshots and pictures of Daido Moriyama, Masahisa Fukase, Kishin Shinoyama, and 11 more photographers.

Naito, who was born in 1938, also has his photo “Tokyo” included in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts in California, USA.

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