Arguing that many of the people in Japan wear a ‘mask of uniformity’, Bruce Gilden wanted to dig deeper to find people who were both physical and intense and who, in one way or another, stood out from the crowd.
What he found, presented here in his collection Go, was an assortment of homeless men and women, day workers and Yakuza (members of traditional organized crime groups in Japan).
He also found right wing nationalists and Bōsōzoku – a subculture of people that share a common interest in designing and driving modified cars and motorcycles.
He presents another side to the traditional and often stereotypical view of Japanese society, one where not everything is high technology, and where poverty is rife. All of the images have been shot in Tokyo and Osaka and reveal how violence and hardship weave through many aspects of daily existence in these two sprawling cities.