It has been 35 years since my first visit. It was a snowy day just before Christmas. I was introduced to Harlem, specifically to 135th street, when I came to conduct a photo interview for Broadway. Contrary to what I heard in Japan about Harlem, I found a happy, generous and kind community. Although I encountered some dangerous situations during my time in Harlem, my passion toward the neighborhood and community has never gone away. I found myself drawn back to Harlem for 13 years since 1982, continuing to photograph the neighborhood thanks to the support from the people of Harlem. To my friends who I met during my time in Harlem – how are you? The thirty-something-year-old me is now in my seventies. I would love to reunite with the people I met and where I spent my happiest time when I was young, filled with passion and dreams. I hope those who can recall Harlem in the 80’s, those who know only of present-day Harlem, and more of those who live in New York will enjoy this exhibit.
photographer YASUO WAKAIKI
"We live in Harlem" exhibition committee members
Coordinator: Hiroshi Kono
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