The Baron by Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek collection transports the viewer on a journey to Japan and renders the Japanese motorcycle counter culture Bōsōzoku, translating as ‘violent running tribe’.
Bōsōzoku began in the fifties by a collection of frustrated youths from poorer socioeconomic backgrounds agitated by Japanese politics and to challenge the hegemony of the ruling class. By removing the mufflers of their motorcycles, riding heedlessly through traffic and punctuating their cars and bikes with loud paint schemes, calculated to disturb and outrage.
The Baron by Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek collection documents Bōsōzoku in 2019, with new road laws passed in 2004 by the Japanese government to give police further power, Bōsōzoku is diminishing.
Photographer Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek (1982) has been featured in several solo and group exhibitions in Europe and Asia, including Photo London, London; Museumsquartier, Vienna; Vaslisouza Gallery, Malmö and Space Place, Nischni Tagil. As well shooting regularly for publications including Monocle and Office Magazine. Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek lives and works in Berlin and Vienna.