If you want to change your photographs, you need to change cameras. Changing cameras means that your photographs will change. A really good camera has something I suppose you might describe as its own distinctive aura.
-- Nobuyoshi Araki
I don’t think about what camera I should use that much. I just pick up the one that looks nicest on the day
-- William Eggleston
Cameras are wonderful little contraptions.
By making photographs, they are tools with which one can express their personal taste and private sensibilities. At the same time they physically exist as expressions of these same concepts. The relationship one has with their cameras affects their approach to making a picture.
People who shoot film simply do because they choose to, and the Photo Culture of Tokyo is full of film camera users. When I meet them out on the streets I ask to photograph their camera, and usually post it here the same day. All of the photos were shot with a Ricoh GRDII. I trust that this irony is not lost on anyone.
These photos are meant for sharing. By all means, re-blog away. Clicking on the images will present you with a version 1000 pixels wide to further enjoy.
The September issue of Nippon Camera is traditionally the Nude Special- so for the Tokyo Camera Style feature my editor contacted a photographer who specializes in such pictures, Tenmei Kannoh 加納典明. Neither his website nor a simple google image search of his name will be very safe for work but this image will give you an idea of the life he leads as a photographer. Must be tough. We met up at the Tokyo Sanuki Clubnear Azabujuban and he showed up in pale pink pants and a Fujifilm camera in each hand; an X-T1 and an instax mini 90. Both of which he shot almost more than I did of him- the guy is totally rad and way cooler to than you’d think a professional photographer of his status would be to a guy like me. He had a real confidence that I’ve felt from all the photographers I’ve met and shot for this serial- not a shred of pretension or anything off-putting in the least, just a real unwavering sureness that you don’t see in a lot of people.
Each month I receive emails from people asking for suggestions of photo related places to check out when they visit Tokyo— so I’ve been compiling my own personal recommendations into casual guides that I hope will help anyone who might be interested. As far as camera shops go, you really don’t need to go anywhere other than West Shinjuku- especially if you are limited by time or family who may not want to spend all day traversing the capitol looking for obscure little shops when there is so much more to see in the city. This particular tour can be done in an hour, or as long as your wallet holds out. It also includes my favorite sushi shop and a bit of movie trivia.
A re-blog of my Tokyo Camera Shop guide since I’ve been getting a few emails lately asking where to buy cameras in Japan- all you need can be found in West Shinjuku. If your browser can translate it, be sure to check out j-camera.net(an online searchable database of used camera shops all over Japan) to check prices before you buy. Have fun!