Tomasz Gudzowaty’s Portrait of Sumo Wrestling

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In his book Sumo, Polish portrait and documentary photographer Tomasz Gudzowaty pursues an approach quite different from his usually rational and precise compositions. In order to capture the Japanese sport of sumo not only visually, but to get to its core, its essence, Gudzowaty adopts the Japanese are-bure-bokeh style of photography popularized in the 1960s by photographers such as Daido Moriyama and Takuma Nakahira. But Gudzowaty does not merely mimic the style; he inhabits it, makes it his own, and uses it thoughtfully, for example, to highlight the facial expressions of sumo wrestlers during a match or to separate the sumo ring from its surroundings.

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