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Portraits Taken in a Tokyo S&M Love Hotel (NSFW)

Alpha In S&M hotel Tokyo Nathalie-Daoust photography

Nathalie Daoust’s latest project, Tokyo Hotel Story, continues her exploration of female sexuality and subversion of gender stereotypes. Spending several months in the Alpha In, one of the biggest S&M “love hotels” in Japan, Daoust photographed 39 women in their private rooms, surrounded by the specialist equipment and dressed in the regalia that define their trade. Her work takes the view beyond taboos while showing the universal human desire to escape reality and create fantasy worlds that often oscillate between dream, reality and perversion.

All images are photographed on analogue film and hand printed ina darkroom. This allows Daoust to manipulate the negatives more faithfully to the images she felt and saw in her mind’s eye at the time of shooting.

Alpha In S&M hotel Tokyo Nathalie-Daoust photography

Alpha In S&M hotel Tokyo Nathalie-Daoust photography

Alpha In S&M hotel Tokyo Nathalie-Daoust photography

Alpha In S&M hotel Tokyo Nathalie-Daoust photography

Alpha In S&M hotel Tokyo Nathalie-Daoust photography

Alpha In S&M hotel Tokyo Nathalie-Daoust photography

Alpha In S&M hotel Tokyo Nathalie-Daoust photography

Alpha In S&M hotel Tokyo Nathalie-Daoust photography

  • http://dustinhollywood.net dustin hollywood

    These are fucking amazing!

  • http://Www.deadcowgirl.com Dead Cow Girl

    Love these! The love hotels in Japan are truly amazing. The women are the cherry on top!

  • http://www.alborrelli.com/ Big Fuzzy

    Really great photos, and idea.
    Just not sure how “This allows Daoust to manipulate the negatives more faithfully to the images she felt and saw in her mind’s eye at the time of shooting” is any different from any photographer taking a RAW and processing it in Photoshop to “manipulate the raw more faithfully to the images he/she felt and saw in his/her minds eye at the time of the shooting”…
    I guess saying that sounds nicer than, “I simply like doing my processing in a dark room”..
    Great work but lovely example of an “artist” with delusions of the process mattering or adding value to the end product.

  • PK

    Which film stock is this? anyone?