“We didn’t get a lot of chances to shoot him, because of the lack of time and the problem of distance. Then we came up with an idea to create a mannequin so that we could shoot his portraits anytime we wanted. He was so co-operative in its production.

The idea of the doll is that the old skin is flaking off and a new self is re-born. Each portrait I have made this way over 30 years is always a new and unique, timeless piece of work that I cherish.” Masayoshi Sukita