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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Seen: Aya Fujioka’s Life Studies at the Nikon Salon, Ginza
This excellent exhibition is comprised of work made over a few years while Ms. Fujioka was at the International Center of Photography in New York. At the show yesterday she told me she went through a period where it was difficult to leave the house, and an exploration of street photography helped allow her to get out and make pictures. Interestingly (and thankfully) her photographs don’t subscribe to any set criteria for that genre and instead together create a web of connections which begin to reveal her point of view than any statements about society. The images always feel personal and uniquely hers.
This is a really good show- allowing oneself to produce honest and personal work like this is harder than it looks, and the sincerity with which Fujioka is able to express is equally rare. Here’s hoping it soon becomes available in photobook form.