Speak Easy by Sarai Mari
Thursday, March 30 through Saturday, April 15
hpgrp GALLERY NEW YORK – 434 Greenwich Street (Entrance at 49 Vestry Street)
hpgrp GALLERY NEW YORK presents Speak Easy by Sarai Mari, a Japanese fashion photographer who has worked in New York, London, and Tokyo. After beginning her career as a photojournalist, Mari transitioned to fashion photography, her work appearing in the likes of Interview, Harper’s Bazaar International, Porter, Numero, and Vogue Japan shooting the likes of Adele, Tom Hiddleston, Amy Winehouse, and Scarlett Johansson.
Much of her work is inspired by Helmut Newton for his erotically charged representations of strong women. Sarai’s book Naked, a monograph of female nudes published in 2011, is the culmination of two years of work around the subject of femininity and female sexuality, suffused with Sarai’s provocative interpretation of female strength.
This month Sarai will release her second book, Speak Easy, via Damiani Books, inspired by the gender roles men and women play within society. By celebrating all definitions of gender and sexuality, the previously defined terms fall away. They lose their meaning, and there is nothing left but the raw expression of the subject in the image. Subjects featured in the book include Clara Paget, Hikari Mori, Janice Dickinson, and Sonoya Mizuno.
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