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.
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This massive retrospective of Koudelka’s work is one of the best things to happen photographically in Tokyo this year.
All the work you’ve seen in books and online (and some you maybe haven’t) is gloriously printed and to see it large and in person is an experience not to miss if you are in Japan between now and early January, 2014. Koudelka himself was in town to arrange the work for the show and the MOMAT staff really went all out to create an elegant space in which to exhibit his photographs. The catalog too is smartly done and makes for a satisfying collection of his work.
It was a sincere honor to meet Mr. Koudelka at his opening reception this evening. Our conversation was brief but the encounter was something I won’t soon forget. The party was well attended with a variety of curators, editors, gallery owners, and Czech embassy representatives. Naturally there were many photographers as well- but getting to shake hands with Antoine D’agata was admittedly unexpected. What an evening.