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Following his sensational Wilder Mann series, in which he traveled throughout Europe in search of the mythical 'wild man,' French photographer Charles Fréger has undertaken a project to discover and interpret the equally mysterious ritual characters of ancient Japan. This is the focus of his Yokainoshima series, nearly 200 body-painted, masked, costumed portraits created over the course of five trips to remote areas of the island chain. In the photographs, Fréger artistically reincarnates…

Charles Fréger’s photographs focus on the unforgettable masquerades of Japanese communities celebrating their local spirits.