/ 2017 / Portraiture / Other_P


  • Prize
    Bronze in Portraiture/Other
  • Photographer
    Taro Karibe, Japan

Senji Nakajima, 61 years old, has lived with 'Saori' for six years in his apartment in
Tokyo, Japan. They hang out, go shopping, sleep in the same bed. The only one thing
different from any other couple is the fact that Saori is actually a life-size 'love
doll'. Nakajima, married with two children, who lives away from home for work, first
started his life with Saori six years ago. At first, he used to imagine that the doll was
his first girl friend, and used it only for sexual purposes to fill the loneliness, but
months later, he started to believe that Saori actually has an original personality.
'She never betrays me, and isn’t only after money. I'm tired of modern rational humans.
They are heartless,' Nakajima says, 'for me, she is more than a, not just silicon rubber.'

Taro Karibe (b.1988) is a Japanese photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. After he received a Bachelor of Psychology at Nanzan University (Nagoya, Japan) in 2012, he started working for a commercial bank as a corporate sales manager and system developer. In 2015, he started a career as a freelance Photographer in Tokyo, Japan. His main concern is to document social issues from psychological perspective, and extract social system structure/modern human identity, by using camera as a tool. His works have been published internationally in publication such as The New York Times, International New York Times,British Journal of Photography,The Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, The guardian, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, New York Post and so on.

Awards 2017 PDN Photo Annual (Documentary and Journalism category )
2016 Critical Mass 2016 Top50
Ueno Hikoma Award Shortlisted
2014 Sony World Photography Awards National Award, 2nd place