Sadao Hasegawa produced a significant quantity of unique and highly erotic pictures before sadly taking his own life. His fetish credentials stem from the depictions of artistic bondage in the Japanese style, his interest in body tattooing and his invocation of legendary creatures to taunt and play with helpless bound men.
Some of the work is self-consciously 'arty' but there is plenty of meat for aficionados of the male form. In style his work has the semi photographic appearance also used by Tom of Finland but there is a grainy texture in the shading which creates a most satisfying effect somewhat like pointillism. His technique in depicting hair and stubble is striking. The interest in body hair sets him apart from Tom but also his anatomy is more realistic and his models have a lithe muscularity and youth which is enchanting.
He doesn't restrict himself to black and white pictures but uses colour to create complex carnivals of eroticism in which he combines realistic figures with cartoon-like elements to create a dreamlike atmosphere. His work is unmistakeably Japanese, not just the faces and accessories but culture, plays and legends seem to be invoked to create a mysterious, threatening situation.
As I lack any great knowledge of the Japanese culture I will not attempt to draw any conclusions from the symbolism he uses, just to register my profound admiration for his depictions of men in fetishistic situations.
He published two collections in book form - 'Sadao Hasegawa' and 'Paradise Visions' but I don't think they are easy to get hold of at sensible prices.
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