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Hiromix, the person credited with the current popularity of “girl” photographers, has thus far lived a charmed life: After stints as a “serious” artist, a band leader and, most recently, a mayonnaise spokeswoman, she has restyled herself as a singer-songwriter with the release of her new record “Hiromix 99” (Trattoria).

Embraced by the art establishment as the voice of a new generation of Japanese girls, she has already had a series of major shows and published several books. She also has a reputation as an enfant terrible who storms out of interviews and disses other well-established photographers. Hiromix’s take on documentary photography (in the vein of Nan Goldin) revealed Japanese girls in all their winsome innocence (or not): getting dressed; playing with soft, fuzzy animals; and, most popularly, nude.

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