TOKYO-2017 Book / People

Edges of the Rainbow: LGBTQ Japan

  • Prize
    Bronze in Book/People
  • Photographer
    Michel Delsol

'Edges of the Rainbow: LGBTQ Japan' is a series of portraits of LGBTQ community in Japan. From small towns to the megalopolises of Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, from college age to senior. From working class, entrepreneurs, salary men and women, artists to members of the religious orders. They are at work, at play, with their family and in the streets. For each subject a special session was scheduled to be photographed in black and white with a view camera and Polaroid type 665 negative film, this photograph is the opening portrait for each of the stories.

Photographer Michel Delsol, born in Paris, lives and works in New York City. He has a degree in Film Semiotics and Linguistics. His portraits of actors, musicians, writers and artists have been commissioned by numerous magazines, music and book publishers.He has had solo exhibits in New York, Washington,D.C. and Italy as well as participated in many group exhibits. His recent photography portrait book ‘Edges of the Rainbow’: LGBTQ Japan, co-authored with journalist Haruku Shinozaki, documents LGBTQ culture and activism in contemporary Japan.