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Maker(s):Kageyama Kōyō
Culture:Japanese (1907-1981)
Title:Afro Hair
Date Made:1972
Materials:gelatin silver print
Measurements:Sheet: 14 x 11"; Image: 13 x 8.625"
Accession Number:  AC 2014.68
Credit Line:Museum purchase with gift of funds from Scott H. Nagle (Class of 1985) in honor of Samuel C. Morse, Howard M. and Martha P. Mitchell Professor of the History of Art and Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the Richard Templeton (Class of 1931) Photography Fund
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
“Ginbura” was not just a phenomenon of the 1930s. The Ginza remains Tokyo’s preeminent shopping street, lined with department stores and luxury shops. In the early 1970s African American music and culture became popular in Japan. Young men would get their hair set in dramatic Afros to display their cultural sophistication as they walked along the Ginza.

Professor Samuel C. Morse, 2015

fashion; urban; men; hairstyles; cities

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