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.
Japanese Photographer Has Spent 15 Years Creating Vivid Portraits Of People Surrounded By Their Belongings
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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.
Japanese Photographer Has Spent 15 Years Creating Vivid Portraits Of People Surrounded By Their Belongings
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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.
Japanese Photographer Has Spent 15 Years Creating Vivid Portraits Of People Surrounded By Their Belongings
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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.
Japanese Photographer Has Spent 15 Years Creating Vivid Portraits Of People Surrounded By Their Belongings
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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.
Japanese Photographer Has Spent 15 Years Creating Vivid Portraits Of People Surrounded By Their Belongings
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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.
Japanese Photographer Has Spent 15 Years Creating Vivid Portraits Of People Surrounded By Their Belongings
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Kiyoshi creates highly staged compositions of the models in their homes or workplaces.
Nancy, Frédéric, Neuilly-Plaisance, France, 2015.
Japanese Photographer Has Spent 15 Years Creating Vivid Portraits Of People Surrounded By Their Belongings
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Toshihiro Nakanishi, Tokyo, 2015.
Japanese Photographer Has Spent 15 Years Creating Vivid Portraits Of People Surrounded By Their Belongings


Mami Kiyoshi/Galerie Annie Gabrielli/The Guardian
Kiyoshi arranges her models’ belongings around them in creative ways, underscoring the fictional ways people frame their lives.