"Red Flower": Women of Okinawa by Mao Ishikawa (NSFW)

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Japanese photographer Mao Ishikawa was known for her book "Hot Days in Camp Hansen", which celebrated the lives of Okinawan women as they worked at military wars. The book was released in 1982.

Years after Ishikawa traveled to America to photograph an ex-marine she had met in the US military's occupation in her home island. While following Myron Carr, her marine friend, Ishikawa experienced the passion and mundanity of everyday life. She would photograph Myron's brother having sex. Ishikawa would then be a fly on the wall, feeling more at home than a voyeur. Conflicted by her love for the US soldiers and hatred for how military life influenced their lives and mental health, capturing the minutiae of these soldiers' lives has become a calling for the photographer.

Here, the book "Red Flower" revisits the portraits of the Okinawan women who once worked at military bars.


Images are sourced from Dashwood Books.

2017-03-01 #culture #people #portraiture #red-flower #documentary-photography #mao-ishikawa #portrait-phototgraphy

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    hervinsyah ·

    remind me of Kayo at Oshin the best j-dorama ever

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