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Fashion photographer Aram Dikiciyan recognizes that his work is hard to define. “I can’t really decide if I’m a fashion photographer or an artist,” he explains over coffee in Tokyo’s fashionable Omotesando district.

Our cozy table in this chic Parisian- style cafe overlooks a somber skyline of low gray clouds and rain sheeting down on grimy rooftops. Like the setting for our meeting, Dikiciyan’s work — showing at the Clear Gallery in Shibuya till Feb. 14 — is both glamorous and gritty. Shot in grainy monochrome, the contrast in the sparsely composed images is so fierce that it almost obscures the clothes the models are wearing.

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