tokyo camera style

Aug 13 2014
The promotional postcards for my next show arrived- I’ve got one last darkroom session scheduled and then it is time to figure out what prints will go up on the wall. I don’t stress out too much on this part. Since I’m the one who took them it’s easy.
Listen: If you’re interested in making honest work there’s really no point in getting caught up in distancing yourself from your photographs through time or other people. If you’re shooting for yourself, why separate the feeling from the picture that way? Editing should be exciting and not a struggle. Sequencing is even easier. Since each entry is work made since the previous show I mostly just put them up in the order they were taken.  This is how I do it, anyway.
ジョン サイパル / John Sypal
随写 vol. 8 / Zuisha vol.8
 TOTEM POLE PHOTO GALLERY
8.26 (Tue) - 9.7 (Sun), 2014
Open 12:00-19:00 Closed Mondays

The promotional postcards for my next show arrived- I’ve got one last darkroom session scheduled and then it is time to figure out what prints will go up on the wall. I don’t stress out too much on this part. Since I’m the one who took them it’s easy.

Listen: If you’re interested in making honest work there’s really no point in getting caught up in distancing yourself from your photographs through time or other people. If you’re shooting for yourself, why separate the feeling from the picture that way? Editing should be exciting and not a struggle. Sequencing is even easier. Since each entry is work made since the previous show I mostly just put them up in the order they were taken.  This is how I do it, anyway.

ジョン サイパル / John Sypal

随写 vol. 8 / Zuisha vol.8

 TOTEM POLE PHOTO GALLERY

8.26 (Tue) - 9.7 (Sun), 2014

Open 12:00-19:00 Closed Mondays

Aug 12 2014
M2 Gallery, Shinjuku
Olympus-Pen W
The current owner of this Olympus told me that is the camera that Daido Moriyama used for his '71 NY series.  He didn’t mean that it’s the same model of camera-  but rather, it’s THE actual camera Moriyama took to New York in 1971. 
Similar to Winogrand’s M4, it could be seen as an incredible collector’s item but it’s good to know that this camera is still being regularly used.

Original first edition copies of ‘71 NY are rare and or often prohibitively expensive. The reprint created by Andrew Roth in 2002 was well received and in turn is somewhat difficult to find today. You can read the story of how this book came about here.  
Sample photos from the book and ordering/sourcing information for it can be found in the Japan Exposures bookshop: 71-NY Daido Moriyama

M2 Gallery, Shinjuku

Olympus-Pen W

The current owner of this Olympus told me that is the camera that Daido Moriyama used for his '71 NY series. He didn’t mean that it’s the same model of camera- but rather, it’s THE actual camera Moriyama took to New York in 1971.

Similar to Winogrand’s M4, it could be seen as an incredible collector’s item but it’s good to know that this camera is still being regularly used.

Original first edition copies of ‘71 NY are rare and or often prohibitively expensive. The reprint created by Andrew Roth in 2002 was well received and in turn is somewhat difficult to find today. You can read the story of how this book came about here.

Sample photos from the book and ordering/sourcing information for it can be found in the Japan Exposures bookshop: 71-NY Daido Moriyama

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Gallery M2, Shinjuku
Leica M2 with E.Leitz Midland Canada’s Stemar 1:3.5 f=3.3cm Stereo lens and Leicavit MP.
Whoa!

Gallery M2, Shinjuku

Leica M2 with E.Leitz Midland Canada’s Stemar 1:3.5 f=3.3cm Stereo lens and Leicavit MP.

Whoa!

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A corner of the table at Mitsuru Sato’s exhibition opening reception at Gallery M2 in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

A corner of the table at Mitsuru Sato’s exhibition opening reception at Gallery M2 in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

Aug 11 2014

Seen: Mitsuru Sato’s 昨日 Yesterday

Where: Gallery M2, Shinjuku

When: August 11 - 17, 2014  / 12:00-19:00 daily

With his Konica Hexar pre-focused at 60cm and set to stealth mode Sato snaps away creating candid portraits on the streets of Shinjuku and in the trains of Tokyo. 

This exhibition- similar to the way other photographers in the city work- is a continuation of an ongoing series. Each entry is work made since the previous show. Images from his Yesterday 2013 can be seen here.

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Place M gallery office, Shinjuku
ERIC* with his Leica M7 and flyer for his upcoming exhibition & photo book Eye of the Vortex** that’s hitting this September. More info (Japanese only) here.  
Eye of the Vortex is comprised of Eric’s intensely lit take on India. You can see a generous selection of these photographs on his website here. 
This Eric is the real thing-  he puts in real work making good photographs, fleshing out his experiences on streets around the world. His hustle isn’t fueled by a thirst for social networking fame and attention but rather making actual photography, the results of which are published as photobooks by the respected Art publisher Akaaka. This next book of his will be his fourth of color contemporary street photography. (Two are currently available at Japan Exposures) If this show is anything like his Good Luck China exhibition in 2008 it’ll probably be pretty crazy and if it’s like everything else he does, really good. 
Eric’s portfolio site:  ericolour.com
Previously on this site: Check out a better shot of Eric’s current full M7 rig and from 2013, his headgear for a mutual pal’s wedding. That’s him at the far right in this picture, too.  
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*Eric for one reason or another goes by his English first name in Japan. In Japanese “Erikku" is easy to remember and the guy is well known and liked in the Tokyo photo scene. 
**The flyer and promotional materials for the show have the title as “Eye of Vortex”, but this has been corrected for the book. 

Place M gallery office, Shinjuku

ERIC* with his Leica M7 and flyer for his upcoming exhibition & photo book Eye of the Vortex** that’s hitting this September. More info (Japanese only) here.  

Eye of the Vortex is comprised of Eric’s intensely lit take on India. You can see a generous selection of these photographs on his website here

This Eric is the real thing-  he puts in real work making good photographs, fleshing out his experiences on streets around the world. His hustle isn’t fueled by a thirst for social networking fame and attention but rather making actual photography, the results of which are published as photobooks by the respected Art publisher AkaakaThis next book of his will be his fourth of color contemporary street photography. (Two are currently available at Japan Exposures) If this show is anything like his Good Luck China exhibition in 2008 it’ll probably be pretty crazy and if it’s like everything else he does, really good. 

Eric’s portfolio site:  ericolour.com

Previously on this site: Check out a better shot of Eric’s current full M7 rig and from 2013, his headgear for a mutual pal’s wedding. That’s him at the far right in this picture, too.  

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*Eric for one reason or another goes by his English first name in Japan. In Japanese “Erikku" is easy to remember and the guy is well known and liked in the Tokyo photo scene. 

**The flyer and promotional materials for the show have the title as “Eye of Vortex”, but this has been corrected for the book. 

Aug 08 2014

Seen: Kouhei Hodota’s オレとメシ / Soul Food and Me

Where: Totem Pole Photo Gallery, Shinjuku

When: August 5 - 10, 2014 / 12:00-19:00

Tired of High Concept photography that seems to have been made simply to illustrate five dense paragraphs of pretentious Art Speak about a photographer’s intent? I am. Luckily though there isn’t too much of that in Tokyo. Shows here like Hodo-chan’s are all that much more interesting because they show a real disconnect from the usual Western obsession with Modernist fetishization of perfection and seriousness in Art. The title is translated directly as “Food and Me” (or even more specifically, “Me and Food”) and is comprised of pictures of Food and the Photographer himself, often at the same time. I would argue against condescendingly writing this off as superfluous or even using that awful word “selfie” in judging it- Hodota’s own interest and food and interacting with it visually is just fine the way it is. If there’s anything that the “flood of images” which many Photographers lament about online has taught me anything it’s that letting go of our old rubrics for what’s “worthy” of being art is essentially removing the blinders so to speak, and opening up to the possibility that the real frontier now in photography is simply documenting one’s personal experience.

Who cares what someone had for lunch?

The guy who ate it, for starters.

Amateurs have naturally known this all along. Even though Hodota is a working photographer and a graduate of a Photo school in Tokyo- (Mitsugu Ohnishi is our mutual mentor, and we’ve known each other since 2002) his Soul Food and Me series something that is just right on its own terms for his own personal reasons. This is doubtlessly the main goal of a serious photographer or casual picture taker anyway, right?

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Outside Totem Pole Photo Gallery, Shinjuku
Nikon FM3a with 50mm f1.8 Nikkor lens

Outside Totem Pole Photo Gallery, Shinjuku

Nikon FM3a with 50mm f1.8 Nikkor lens

Aug 07 2014
Place M, Shinjuku
Nikon F3 with 50mm f1.4 Nikkor lens
Photographer:  Rico Okaniwa  portfolio / instagram 

Place M, Shinjuku

Nikon F3 with 50mm f1.4 Nikkor lens

Photographer:  Rico Okaniwa  portfolio / instagram 

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Place M, Shinjuku
Konica Hexar
Photographer: Mitsuru Sato at Kei Ono’s exhibition New Text

Place M, Shinjuku

Konica Hexar

Photographer: Mitsuru Sato at Kei Ono’s exhibition New Text

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Place M, Shinjuku
Sigma dp2 Quattro 

Place M, Shinjuku

Sigma dp2 Quattro 

Aug 06 2014

gouldbookbinder:

tokyo-camera-style:

A city full of bookstores, Tokyo has many locally owned shops that are dedicated to new and used books on Art and Photography. SO BOOKS, located near Yoyogi-hachiman station a few blocks west of Yoyogi Park, is my favorite.

The impeccable artistic taste of the owner, a man with extensive understanding and appreciation of good photography, is reflected by the books for sale on the floor-to-ceiling shelves that he built himself. The selection is top-notch, and the prices are quite good. This is certainly a spot to visit on a trip to Tokyo, or if you live here, anytime you’re in the neighborhood.

SO BOOKS ( map / streetview )

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Open 12:00 to 8:00pm, closed Sundays

Roshin Books publisher Atsushi Saito and Flotsam books planned a charity event this September in Tokyo to raise funds to support So Books bookshop Tokyo after major flood and loss of precious stock.

Photobook collectors and publishers, galleries are welcome to give away books or prints to collect some money. 100% of sales will be donated to So Books.

More info here :
http://atsushis.exblog.jp/22424460/

If you’re willing to participate please get in touch with Atsushi at info@roshinbooks.com for practical details.

Thanks for your support and please feel free to spread the news!

Help out SO BOOKS! I’ll be donating some original darkroom prints from my archives.

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Yodobashi Camera film department, Shinjuku
Top: Leica M5 with Voigtlander 35mm f1.7 Ultron lens
Bottom: Pentax LX with 50mm f1.7 SMC Pentax-A lens

Yodobashi Camera film department, Shinjuku

Top: Leica M5 with Voigtlander 35mm f1.7 Ultron lens


Bottom: Pentax LX with 50mm f1.7 SMC Pentax-A lens

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Yodobashi Camera film department, Shinjuku
Pentax LX with 50mm f1.7 SMC Pentax-A lens

Yodobashi Camera film department, Shinjuku

Pentax LX with 50mm f1.7 SMC Pentax-A lens

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Yodobashi Camera film department, Shinjuku
Leica M5 with Voigtlander 35mm f1.7 Ultron lens

Yodobashi Camera film department, Shinjuku

Leica M5 with Voigtlander 35mm f1.7 Ultron lens

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