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Chris Steele-Perkins has returned to Japan many times during his career. In a photographic series that focuses on Tokyo, he offers a highly personal response to the city where he met and fell in love with his wife, Miyako Yamada. Seen through his sharp but sympathetic eyes, Tokyo appears in many guises: calm, manic, comic, surreal, elegant and elusive.

I want my photographs to reflect my understanding and my age

Chris Steele-Perkins
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Chris Steele-Perkins was born in 1947 in Rangoon, Burma and at the age of two, moved to England with his father. At the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, he studied psychology and worked for the student newspaper; he graduated with honors in 1970 and started to work as a freelance photographer, moving to London in 1971.

Steele-Perkins has produced some of the most iconic images of British society in the last half century, exploring youth subcultures, poverty and community with artful sensitivity. His more than 45-year career has seen him travel widely, making significant bodies of work in his home country of Myanmar, as well as Japan, Africa and Afghanistan, all of which have received critical acclaim.

Steele Perkins became a member of Magnum Photos in 1979 and continues to work in Britain and abroad.

© Chris Steele-Perkins | Magnum Photos

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