Satellite Voices champions creative cultural provocateurs from around the globe that deserve the rest of the world’s attention. This new cultural platform - led by independent city editors from Tokyo, Paris, Moscow, Rome, Munich, Dubai, Shanghai and Santiago, highlights the month’s best stories across fashion, music, art, film, photography and culture, and is brought to you by Dazed and Swatch. Here are our top four Photography picks from this month...
Tokyo: Anton Kusters
In a stunning, two-years-in-the-making documentary photography exhibition and book, Anton Kusters trailed a Kabukicho-based branch of the yakuza in Tokyo. Kabukicho is the oldest red light district in Tokyo and Kusters followed the yazuka bosses after 10 months of negotiations allowed exclusive access. Their family has about 1,200 members and the Japanese yakuza in total has approximately 86,000 members. Kusters’s book Odo Yakuza Tokyo contains some incredible fly-on-the-wall imagery with some of the most moving including an intimate, three day traditional Japanese funeral of one of the elder members of the Odo yakuza.
Paris: Karl Hab
Karl Hab is one of our Parisian Guest Photographers (alongside Sofia Nebiolo) and certified fashion don and man about town. To kick off his monthly column, Hab selected his 12 favourite images from the year so far, documenting his travels, from Los Angeles to Tokyo including his work for Hypebeast, Lamjc and his collaborations with colette. Karl’s also been shooting with designers Jil Sander and local Parisian heros Olympia Le-Tan and Yaz Bukey. Check out Satellite Voices for his upcoming snapshots of Paris.
Dubai: Sara Naim
After leaving Dubai for London and New York and working with the likes of Ryan McGinley, Peter Funch, Diana Scheunemann and Lyndsy Welgos, Sara Naim returned to her home city with an inspired and burgeoning photography career. For Satellite Voices, she hosts a monthly photo diary that delves into her work and inspirations. “I only recently moved back to my home town, just to witness the loss of desert plots and the gain of mass skyscrapers, she explains. “Dubai is often described as a city with little history, so my attention was naturally drawn to it's oldest residents, its native trees. The photographic series called Portraits of Natives documents the isolated trees that are quickly becoming depopulated.”
Rome: Bea De Giacomo
Rawraw Edizioni is a prolific Roman independent publishing collective founded by the photographer Bea De Giacomo and the artist Massimiliano Bomba. They’ve created and published almost 50 zines, prints and a recent limited edition t-shirt and vinyl collaboration with our friends at NO=FI Recordings, for the scene defining Borgata Boredom project, celebrating the city’s emerging DIY underground art scene. Her latest book Lezedunum was commissioned by the Associazione Storico-Culturale, creating an artistic documentation of the maze of pre-Romanesque churches and crypts overlooking the sea, near the town of Leggiuno.
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