Had the privilege of attending a workshop with this legendary photographer who documented the Sharpeville Massacre and was in South Africa bringing out the story of the infamous apartheid regime.
Just some impressions from my stopover in Tokyo. Fashionistas swarmed. No-one writes about this phenomenon better than my friend Ted Polhemus who is a world expert on youth subculture. His books include Fashion and Anti Fashion, Popstyles, Social Aspects of the Human Body, Bodystyles, Rituals of Love and Boom so dive in there if you want to know more. http://www.amazon.com/Streetstyle-Ted-Polhemus/dp/0956278817
The girls wearing kimonos were tourists from Hong Kong by the way!
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Bela is a man who lived down my street. He used to hang around outside the local 24hour shop and drink beer. I often rove around with my camera and ask people if I can take their picture. He refused me a couple of times but when a friend of his told him I took good pictures, he acquiesced.
A while later, his wife asked me if I could take their wedding pictures (about thirty years after the event) if she could borrow a dress from somewhere.
I said I would and Alvi and I went to their tiny flat with some lights and gear and photographed the wedding party which was in fully swing.
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Two months later Bela was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and passed away in the summer.