Modoru Okinawa by Keizo Kitajiwa
Published by Gomma Books (2015)
In the late 70s and 80s Keizo Kitajima regularly visited and photographed bars, streets and brothels of the red light district of Koza, a city in Okinawa Prefecture of Japan. Koza city is where the Kadena U.S. Air Force base is located; indeed, the B-52s that attacked North Vietnam took off from there. With the end of the Vietnam War the city turned into the epicenter of a celebrative rush, a cacophonic spell where Japanese culture collided and became intimate with African-American trends. During those years Kitajiwa realised that the photographic exploration of reality is everything but small talk or commentary: it is an observation detached from any sentimentalism, a way to go further than what meets the eye and to document what is beyond the simple appearance.