Hideo Takiura was born in 1963 in Tokyo, and graduated from Tokyo Agricultural University in 1986. After working as a landscape designer for a few years, he began pursuing a career in photography. His photo book Tokyo Bodies, from which the above photo is taken, collects work shot by Takiura on the streets of Tokyo from 2000-2007 with his trusty 6x6cm medium format camera. A limited number of signed copies are available in the Japan Exposures bookstore.
Please also see a gallery of Takiura’s Tokyo Bodies series.