Japanese Photographer Has Spent 15 Years Creating Vivid Portraits Of People Surrounded By Their Belongings

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Japanese artist Mami Kiyoshi has spent 15 years creating vivid portraits of people surrounded by their belongings – from wine bottles and violins to the odd stray pet. Mami Kiyoshi’s ongoing series “New Reading Portraits” is, in part, a nod to the mise-en-scène found in traditional woodcut printing.

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Mei-Mei and Shao Yu Dali, China, 2012.

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Japanese-born, Paris-based Kiyoshi has been taking these florid portraits of people surrounded by their possessions since 2003.

Kumi, Paris, 2016.

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“I am interested in history”, says Kiyoshi, “and how it is always told by someone. Sometimes it’s a myth, sometimes an anecdote”.

Jean-Marie, Paris, 2011. Jean-Marie is a writer specialising in the history of rock music.

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Kiyoshi finds her subjects through ads placed on posters and online. She chats to them about their lives, their passions and their homes before taking their portrait.

Kana and Edouard, Paris, 2012.

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Sakura and Kazuhiro, Tokyo, 2015. Kazuhiro is a tattoo artist and Sakura is a photographer. They love cooking, live with their dog and two cats and each have the date of their wedding tattooed to their ring fingers.

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“I try to make my models look like Buddhas, primitive gods or heroes”, says Kiyoshi.

Luna, Ophélie and André Mons, Belgium, 2015.

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Kiyoshi creates highly staged compositions of the models in their homes or workplaces.

Nancy, Frédéric, Neuilly-Plaisance, France, 2015.

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Toshihiro Nakanishi, Tokyo, 2015.

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Kiyoshi arranges her models’ belongings around them in creative ways, underscoring the fictional ways people frame their lives.

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