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
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
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.
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Photo exhibitions in Tokyo are advertised by postcards called “DM” (Direct Mail). These cards can be picked up in other galleries and lately, camera shops like Map and the counter near the register on the darkroom floor of Yodobashi Camera. Photographers also send these DMs to prospective guests and friends- usually addressed by hand. Once you’ve built up connections and friendships in the scene you’ll find a few in your mailbox each week. Totem Pole Photo Gallery members meet once a month and stuff envelopes of DM cards for upcoming shows to be sent to other photographers, editors, writers, and galleries.
There are 1,500 postcards in the photo above. Totem Pole members (as do may other photographers) use an online printer called GRAPHIC to order our DM cards. For those in Japan, Graphic offers a wide variety of possibilities to meet your printing needs. The total cost of these cards was 7,500 yen- that included both double sided printing and shipping right to my door.