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Amputee Catwalk Models Stun Crowds At CP+ Photo-Convention

A unique fashion show supported by Hasselblad is getting worldwide attention from the media.

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A remarkable and unique catwalk fashion show, supported by Hasselblad, at the CP+ camera and photo-imaging convention in Yokohama Japan, has been receiving extensive TV and newspaper coverage worldwide.

The show featured amputee models and was the follow-up to 36 year old documentary photographer Takao Ochi’s ‘Amputee Venus’ photo-book (shot using a Hasselblad H5D-50c) which pictures the lives of eleven Japanese women with artificial legs who have rebuilt their lives and now excel at everything they do, including karate, motorcycle riding, running and football.



Ochi told reporters: "Some people have negative images about disability because they are not properly informed. By presenting these women as vibrant and attractive people we aim to break down stereotypes that still prevail about the disabled."

William Penrice. President Hasselblad Japan said: "This has been an exceptional Hasselblad collaboration project with Takao and world-acclaimed prosthetics specialist Fumio Usui. Our collective ambition has been to help change attitudes towards disability in Japan.


Takao’s astonishing images for the photo-book were shot over the last two years in and around the Hasselblad Japan Studio in Harajuku – with many of our Hasselblad team assisting in the eleven shoots that make up the book."

One of the girls, Hitomi Onishi, who lost a leg fifteen years ago as a result of a medical procedure, is now Japan’s fastest 100 and 200 metre sprinter in the T42 paralympic committee category and has set her sights on competing at Rio next year.


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xGei8ht 11 76 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2015 5:47PM
Nice shots!

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