Asada Masashi

Taking the idea of family portraits one step further, Asada Masashi cajoled his family to pose in a series of humorous photographs. In The Asada Family, Masashi transformed himself and his family members into various fictional families, which are stereotypical of the Japanese society.

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TOP TO BOTTOM, from (“The Asada Family“)
© Asada Masashi

This series won the prestigious 34th Kimura Ihei Award. Working with his family, there is a certain level of trust and familiarity that one would not get with paid actors or friends. The scenes are definitely funny, almost like a page out of a manga book. Each family member plays out his/her role with much conviction. The props and costumes also make a huge impact on the success of the images. Light-hearted and informal, the images definitely strikes a chord with audiences.

Wasn’t easy finding much of the series online but you can view some images here and here. Masashi’s website is located here.