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 900 pixels wide to further enjoy.
What 1: Wry color snaphots on the streets of Tokyo. The show is a part of the Konica Minolta Foto Premio competition and it’s nice to see work like this represented in a gallery. He has recently published his first photobook, black and white street photos taken with his Konica Hexar. You can see more of Sakuma’s photographs on his tumblr.
What 1: Black and white photographs made on the streets of Paris. Nakafuji, a former student of Daido Moriyama and teacher of photography in Tokyo is a prolific street shooter with several books out. The most recent, available in the gallery, is of this collection of Paris photos.
A scan of the Feburary 2014 Tokyo Camera Style monthly feature in Nippon Camera
This year instead of going to one spot all day to photograph people for the feature I’m mixing things up and photographing in different locations for each issue. For 2014 the right page will be reserved for professional photographers whom I admire.
The photographer above is my dear friend and mentor for the past twelve years, Mitsugu Ohnishi. The photographic influence Ohnishi sensei has had on me (and dozens and dozens of photographers in Japan) is immense, and is not something I can try to sum up in this single post here. In addition to working on an upcoming show at the Ginza Nikon Salon in June he’s also currently directing a film in his own home turf over in East(Best) Tokyo: Onagigawa Story