Photographs by Tomasz Gudzowaty.
Steidl, Gottingen, Germany, 2019. Unpaged, 101 illustrations, 9½x13¾".

Publisher's Description

This book is Polish photographer Tomasz Gudzowaty’s (born 1971) black-and-white exploration of sumo. Here Gudzowaty documents not only the wrestlers in the throes of combat, but also life within the training stables where these young men live, eat and sleep together. Structuring the photographs is the story of Kirinowaka Tarō, a sumo wrestler who was discovered as a boy at his parents’ yakiniku restaurant and trained at Tokyo’s renowned Michinoku stable, from which he was ultimately expelled for his involvement in fixing fights.
Sumo is a portrait of the sport within a society strongly shaped by both tradition and modernity, and a continuation of Gudzowaty’s wider sport photography including his images of gymnasts, boxers, freerunners and synchronized swimmers, presented in past books such as Beyond the Body (2016).

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