Actually, the picture you see above, of 15 models styled and made-up by renowned Shiseido hair and make-up artist Tadashi Harada to resemble characters from Parts 3 to 6 of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, did not come from a single photoshoot.
Rather, they were compiled from five separate photoshoots done over two years. Each time, Harada’s team of four – a photographer (Tohru Koike), stylist (Tsuyoshi Takahashi), photo retoucher (Eri Katou), and hair/make-up artist (Harada himself, who also did the creative and art direction roles) – would aim to do the shots for three characters at a go.
A big fan of Hirohiko Araki’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga series (as well as the Araki’s previous work, Baoh), Harada said that he grew up reading the JoJo manga series pretty much “in real-time” as it was being serialised in Shueisha’s Weekly Shounen Jump magazine, and that he was greatly inspired by the hairstyles, fashion, and poses as seen in the manga series.
He was so inspired that, as a beautician or make-up artist, he wanted to see what he could do if he were to apply his skills to recreating those iconic looks from the manga series in a way that would make sense in reality.