tokyo camera style

Sep 16 2014
Tokyo Leica Style
Top left: Leica M2 with 35mm f2 Summicron lens / Tumblr: Photografuji
Top right: Leica M4 with 50mm f2 Summicron lens
Bottom: Leica MP with 35mm f2 Summicron-Asph lens

Tokyo Leica Style

Top left: Leica M2 with 35mm f2 Summicron lens / Tumblr: Photografuji

Top right: Leica M4 with 50mm f2 Summicron lens

Bottom: Leica MP with 35mm f2 Summicron-Asph lens

Sep 15 2014
Nakameguro
Leica couple
Him: Leica M2 with 35mm f2 Summicron lens / Tumblr: Photografuji
Her: Leica M4 with 50mm f2 Summicron lens

Nakameguro

Leica couple

Him: Leica M2 with 35mm f2 Summicron lens / Tumblr: Photografuji

Her: Leica M4 with 50mm f2 Summicron lens

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gouldbookbinder:

Wish I had been to the photobook sale for the benefit of So Books in Tokyo last week-end. Hopefully, I’m so grateful my friend Kyoko made it for me!

The sale was a success :

https://www.facebook.com/S0B00KS/posts/835663923132967

All photos (c) Kyoko Kasuya

Via Cristophe in France by way of Tokyo- more pics of the SO BOOKS benefit event. 

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OU-en THE SO BOOKS, a two-day event to support a well loved and locally owned Art & Photo bookshop, was held at Gallery Poetic Scape in Nakameguro this weekend.

A rainstorm in June of this year flooded the back room of  SO BOOKS (website) resulting in a truck load’s worth loss of inventory. A photo of all of the ruined rare books can be seen at the top of the event’s tumblr and facebook page. Since So Books is so respected in the photography and publishing community, Atsushi Saito of Roshin BooksTakayuki Kobayashi of flotsam books, and photographer Hiroshi Nomura got together to create a fundraising event to help the store’s owner, Ikuo Ogawasara with the setback that the water damage caused.

A benefit sale was planned and a network of photographers, editors, writers, and publishers was invited to donate of photobooks and prints for the cause. In addition to helping out a treasure of the city the sale was an excellent chance to get some super good deals on artwork and books. I was happy and humbled that both of the prints I donated were sold- You can see all that was available on the event’s tumblr ouenthesobooks.tumblr.com .Additionally there was a call for photos for the production of a commemorative zine for the event which you can see some images of above.

Tokyo is a city full of excellent bookshops but I think that an event like OU-en THE SO BOOKS demonstrates not just how special and important this particular bookshop- one so excellently curated and kindly staffed- is to so many people.  

Long live SO BOOKS

Sep 14 2014
Outside Totem Pole Photo Gallery, Shinjuku
Minolta Autocord
Photographer: aya77.tumblr.com

Outside Totem Pole Photo Gallery, Shinjuku

Minolta Autocord

Photographer: aya77.tumblr.com

Sep 13 2014
Outside Totem Pole Photo Gallery, Shinjuku
Voigtlander Vito II

Outside Totem Pole Photo Gallery, Shinjuku

Voigtlander Vito II

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Outside Totem Pole Photo Gallery, Shinjuku
Rolleiflex T 3.5

Outside Totem Pole Photo Gallery, Shinjuku

Rolleiflex T 3.5

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Seen: Eye of The Vortex

Who: Eric  エリック / portfolio site: ericolour.com

Where: Guardian Garden, Ginza

When: Sept. 8 - 25th, 11am - 7pm (closed Sundays)

Eric, a Hong Kong born photographer who goes simply by his first name, is currently having his dizzyingly saturated colorful photographs of India at Guardian Garden in Ginza.  While viewing the images at the opening last night I was struck by the fact that these are images that only Eric could make. His use of a Leica + a flash + strangers in a foreign country isn’t applied in hopes of gaining notoriety or a buzz online- instead he uses his tools to create some of the best current street work out there, having some excellent photobooks published along the way.

While you can see almost every image from this series on his website, the accompanying photobook, published by Akaaka, is an even better way to spend time enjoying all the details which permeate his frames. Seeing all the prints in person however, is an entirely different affair. Every shot was taken with his Leica M7 on Kodak film, and every print in the show was hand printed in his color darkroom. In only two days, he told me. Eric is a very good and efficient printer.  He doesn’t need a negative scanner or an inkjet printer to do what he does. 

You can see more instillation views of the show here. This is a great show and one well worth checking out in Tokyo this month. 

Sep 12 2014
Totem Pole Photo Gallery, Shinjuku
Nikon F70 with Nikkor 35-80mm f4-5.6 D AF lens

Totem Pole Photo Gallery, Shinjuku

Nikon F70 with Nikkor 35-80mm f4-5.6 D AF lens

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写真家のJohn Sypalよりご寄贈いただきました!

ouenthesobooks:

写真家のJohn Sypal(ジョン・サイパル)さんからネブラスカで撮ったプリントをご寄贈頂きました!

My contribution to the So Books support sale thus weekend in Tokyo is these two prints from my Nebraska series.

Photographers and photography lovers from all over the country and even the world have kindly donated photobooks and prints for a fundraising sale this weekend in Naka Meguro to help support this locally owned and well loved store after it’s disastrous loss of stock due to flooding this past June. You can see what will be available from the tumble from which this image was reblogged.

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Totem Pole Photo Gallery
Leica Ig with Voigtlander 25mm f4 Snapshot-Skopar lens
Photographer: IM/AMOTO / tumblr

Totem Pole Photo Gallery

Leica Ig with Voigtlander 25mm f4 Snapshot-Skopar lens

Photographer: IM/AMOTO / tumblr

Sep 11 2014
3rd District Gallery, Shinjuku
Ricoh GR1v
Photographer: Tomona Hayashi at her exhibition, The End of Qi

3rd District Gallery, Shinjuku

Ricoh GR1v

Photographer: Tomona Hayashi at her exhibition, The End of Qi

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Seen: 氣の果て / The End of Qi

Who: Tomona Hayashi

Where: 3rd District Gallery, Shinjuku

When: September 9 - 21, 2014 / 1pm-8pm

Tomona told me she thought that directly pinning her prints to the walls of the gallery is a more fitting way to display them compared to being neatly matted and lined up on the wall. It’s true that work in this current show would have a different impact on the viewer if it was exhibited such a traditional way. That’s the thing- the number of ways to deal with pictures is uncountable. So what you see in a gallery is what you get- it’s the physical result of the time, talent, desires, and whims of the artist and their environment. If what you see doesn’t connect there’s no use in struggling with it- move on. If what you see creates a spark- or makes you look at life afterwards a little differently then it’s worth keeping in mind. Tomona’s work has this effect on me, anyway.

The responsibility of the viewer isn’t to try and determine the intention of an artist- it’s to figure out what the things you see mean to you.

The responsibility of the artist- the only responsibility- is to keep on working. I’m glad that Tomona keeps on making pictures.

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tokyo-camera-style: reblog from June 12, 2010

Musashino Art University
Fujifilm Instax 500AF

The newly announced (and previously hinted at) Fujifilm INSTAX WIDE 300 looks to be an updated Instax 500AF, a camera first released in 1999. As someone who’s been known  I’m pretty excited and am planning on getting one the day it comes out.
The 300 shares the same waaaay off to the side positioned viewfinder as the 210. (Since the film ejects out the top of the camera this was an unavoidable design element.) With my camera I was able to solve some parallax issues when framing with a small strip of tape on the top of the lens housing to help center the lens before shooting.

tokyo-camera-style: reblog from June 12, 2010

Musashino Art University

Fujifilm Instax 500AF

The newly announced (and previously hinted at) Fujifilm INSTAX WIDE 300 looks to be an updated Instax 500AF, a camera first released in 1999. As someone who’s been known I’m pretty excited and am planning on getting one the day it comes out.

The 300 shares the same waaaay off to the side positioned viewfinder as the 210. (Since the film ejects out the top of the camera this was an unavoidable design element.) With my camera I was able to solve some parallax issues when framing with a small strip of tape on the top of the lens housing to help center the lens before shooting.

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Totem Pole Photo Gallery, Shinjuku
Epson R-D1S with Canon 35mm f1.8 lens

Totem Pole Photo Gallery, Shinjuku

Epson R-D1S with Canon 35mm f1.8 lens

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