Takashi Murakami the photographer?

Thinking I had to rule out Takashi Murakmi’s work as he isn’t a photographer was really starting to stump my ideas, how can I cut out the founding practitioner of the Superflat movement? But I have just found a series of photographs he made.

Miss Ko2 Project

As part of his ‘Miss Ko2 Project’ these c-prints by notorious Japanese Pop artist Takashi Murakami warp living beings into his anime based art. Saturated with the sex appeal so often found in Japanese animes, this scantily clad woman rendered with animated characteristics perfectly captures Murakami’s contemporary approach to Pop Art style of work.

– http://www.artnet.com/auctions/artists/takashi-murakami/miss-ko2-fluffy-2

Takashi Murakami
Miss Ko2-Fluffy, 2004
Chromogenic Print (C-print)
28.5 х 19 in. cm.
Takashi Murakami
Miss Ko2-Nurse, 2004
Chromogenic Print (C-print)
28.5 х 19 in. cm.
TAKASHI MURAKAMI
“Miss Ko2 – Devil” 2004
Photograph, frame / Photographie, encadrement
37 x 27 1/2 Inches / 95 x 70 cm
TAKASHI MURAKAMI
“Miss Ko2 – Uniform” 2004
Photograph, frame / Photographie, encadrement
37 x 27 1/2 Inches / 95 x 70 cm
TAKASHI MURAKAMI
“Miss Ko2 – Satoeri” 2004
Photograph, frame / Photographie, encadrement
37 x 27 1/2 Inches / 95 x 70 cm

Murakami was also Art Director for this shoot with Britney Spears and photographer Richard Prince.

Created in collaboration with Takashi Murakami and shot by Richard Prince, it features Britney done up manga-style – complete with Japanese photo booth images and Murkami’s signature smiling daisies. (Word is that the issue will also include cartoon stickers throughout.)
So, what did Britney think of the experience?
“I loved working with Takashi, I especially liked how he took high-end fashion and incorporated it with Japanese manga.”

– http://www.thevine.com.au/fashion/news/britney-spears-and-takashi-murakami-collaborate-for-pop-magazine/

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