By Shoda Masahiro
Artist Edition, out of print.
"We are pleased to announce that Shoda Masahiro has published his first photography book titled "DELICACY." As a photographer who is active in the publishing and advertising industries, Shoda has developed his career from the beginning, setting "portrait" as his theme and pursuing people and what lies behind them by using various approaches. Shoda selected Tokyo as the theme for his first photography book. Before taking the photographs, he made a request to men aged between 18 and 79 having different occupations: "Please bring underwear you like (in a sexual sense)." While many brought newly purchased women's underwear, there were some brave souls who came to the studio with his girlfriend or brought men's underwear. With a variety of underwear in different colors, Shoda took their portraits by asking them to freely wear it on their head and stand seriously in front of the blue background. On the opposite page of the portraits, there are photos of various scenes in Tokyo taken with a large format camera, including newly constructed roads, red-light areas that appear and disappear again and again, and new residential areas. These are obscene and somewhat lonely scenes in the ever-changing city of Tokyo. A man wearing underwear on his head and a landscape - It may be a very odd combination, but he believes that it reflects the truth of what Tokyo is. Shoda has been interested in the fact that there is an extremely niche sex business in Tokyo. When he faced the fact, he came up with the idea of taking the portraits of men wearing underwear on their head. The number of variations in underwear's colors and shapes represents the number of their sexual tastes. The variations of underwear and fetishism behind them are translated into the eccentric sex businesses by Japanese men having a delicate spirit of service. Consequently, their desire becomes even bolder and more eccentric… As you flip over the pages and look at the photographs, you will increase your knowledge and develop your imagination. Although it lacks delicacy at a glance, you will find that it is a very delicate collection of photography."