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Charles Fréger spent years capturing ceremonies in rural Japan. We talked to the French-born photographer about his own small-town upbringing, his work in the fashion world, and why he's no anthropologist.

insanely colorful photos of japanese ritualistic garments

Charles Fréger spent years capturing ceremonies in rural Japan. We talked to the French-born photographer about his own small-town upbringing, his work in the fashion world, and why he's no anthropologist.

Following his sensational Wilder Mann series, in which he traveled throughout Europe in search of the mythical 'wild man,' French photographer Charles Fréger has undertaken a project to discover and interpret the equally mysterious ritual characters of ancient Japan. This is the focus of his Yokainoshima series, nearly 200 body-painted, masked, costumed portraits created over the course of five trips to remote areas of the island chain. In the photographs, Fréger artistically reincarnates…

Following his sensational Wilder Mann series, in which he traveled throughout Europe in search of the mythical 'wild man,' French photographer Charles Fréger has undertaken a project to discover and interpret the equally mysterious ritual characters of ancient Japan. This is the focus of his Yokainoshima series, nearly 200 body-painted, masked, costumed portraits created over the course of five trips to remote areas of the island chain. In the photographs, Fréger artistically reincarnates…

crystalline-aesthetics: “Charles Fréger “Yokainoshima series - Japan, 2013-15 ” ”

crystalline-aesthetics: “Charles Fréger “Yokainoshima series - Japan, 2013-15 ” ”

Reimagining Ancient Japan | Hint Fashion Magazine

Reimagining Ancient Japan | Hint Fashion Magazine

Charles Fréger: Yokainoshima, Japan

Charles Fréger: Yokainoshima, Japan

Charles Fréger Yokainoshima, 2013-2015 In 2013, just after finishing his European tour of winter masquerades (Wilder Mann), Charles Fréger began a photography project exploring Japan’s masked ritual...

Charles Fréger Yokainoshima, 2013-2015 In 2013, just after finishing his European tour of winter masquerades (Wilder Mann), Charles Fréger began a photography project exploring Japan’s masked ritual...

http://www.hintmag.com/post/reimagining-ancient-japan--november-15-2016-1258

http://www.hintmag.com/post/reimagining-ancient-japan--november-15-2016-1258

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charles_freger_yokainoshima_2013_2015_054

Pagan Winter Festival Costume

Pagan Winter Festival Costume

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charles_freger_yokainoshima_2013_2015_160

かせどり(kasedori) in 上山(Kaminoyama, Yamagata pref.)@"avian Kase" strange custom of tradition in Yamagata, pray prosperity -

かせどり(kasedori) in 上山(Kaminoyama, Yamagata pref.)@"avian Kase" strange custom of tradition in Yamagata, pray prosperity -

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Tumblr: 「俺達ひょうきん族」で, タケちゃんマンに扮した北野武さん(L)と, アホちゃいまんねんパーでんねんに扮した明石家さんまさん(R) 京大の卒業式とあまり変わらない…

Tumblr: 「俺達ひょうきん族」で, タケちゃんマンに扮した北野武さん(L)と, アホちゃいまんねんパーでんねんに扮した明石家さんまさん(R) 京大の卒業式とあまり変わらない…

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