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.
Textured/embossed paperback cover printed in two special inks, plus a matt laminated half jacket.
The book is due out in 2015 and will bring a smile to the lips - plus an intense yearning to trawl eBay and second-hand camera shops - perfect for analogue camera lovers and geeks!
Hundreds of vintage, customised and rare camera makes, models and lenses all captured and meticulously identified.
A careful selection of street fashion photographs taken on the fly, with the camera as the star, taken by the man who did it first and the man who does it best - the sartorialist of the camera world John Sypal.
It’s with extreme pleasure that I am finally able to announce that the Tokyo Camera Style photobook is set to be released by renowned publisher Thames & Hudson in 2015.
It all started back in the fall of 2013 with an email out of the blue from a design director at T&H (the owner of the tumblr this image is reblogged from) telling how much she enjoyed the site and asking if I had ever thought about making a Tokyo Camera Style book. To be honest, it wasn’t actually something I had given serious consideration, but with the backing of Thames & Hudson and a desire to see just how photobooks are made from the inside it was a project that I was excited to agree to.
The book designer, Andersen M Studio, did a fantastic job on the layout and cover design- it’s really well done and I’m not just saying that because I created the content. The three hundred pages of images have a smart and enjoyable flow. I think you’ll like it, too.
It’s been an incredible experience so far- it’s been a chance to deal with these pictures in a new way, a chance to see them curated and laid out by someone else, and my favorite part- this has been a chance to make some new connections and friends. It’s all very exciting and I plan on keeping you up to date over the next few months before it hits the shelves. The actual release date has yet to be announced but I will certainly let you know once I am able.
Finally, I want to thank all 10,000+ of you who follow Tokyo Camera Style on Tumblr and everyone else who visits the site by whatever other means- it’s thanks to your interest and enjoyment of this site over the past six years that has helped make it all possible.
A scan of the June 2014 Tokyo Camera Style monthly feature in Nippon Camera
I met up with Akihide Tamura at the Nippon Camera building in Ningyocho- he and I and my editor stepped outside and into the narrow backstreets lined with small restaurants and bars in this traditional and underrated part of town. The left hand page features four of Shinya Arimoto’s students who spent a day helping out with some maintenance at Totem Pole Gallery. I posted a group shot of their gear on the Tokyo Camera Style Instagram account here.