Roppongi Station, Oedo Line platform
Konica FT-1 Pro Half with Tokina 15mm f3.5 lens and Sunpak auto 20SR flash
Totem Pole Photo Gallery, Shinjuku
Leica IId with Canon 28mm f2.8 lens and external finder
Photographer: Shinsuke Oda / website
Leica M6 & 35mm f2 Summicron V4 lens: www.martymora.com
Leica M6 & 35mm f2 Summicron V4 lens: Me
Nikon S2 with 35mm f2.8 Biogon lens and external 35mm Leitz finder
Who: Nobuyoshi Araki
When: April 1 – May 25, 2018 (Open 1-7pm. Closed Mon. x%x Tue.)
A thousand polaroids and few new 6×7 color paradise pictures comprise the latest Art Space AM show- the second Araki exhibition there this year. The polaroids are mostly from the Impossible Project era- a medium which when confronted with by such a scale, seems specially made for Araki himself. What I mean is, there’s no person more fitting or capable of using something like a monochromatic pink emulsion in a fake lizard-skin patterned frame than Araki. Included in the instant photo mandala are several snaps where nothing came out at all- yet they still fit in the scope of it all. As with all of Araki’s best work viewers are able to contemplate individual frames or stand back and just let the immensity of the work reverberate as an experience all its own.
Canon EF-M with unbranded Chinese-made fisheye lens
Nikon F4E with 45mm f2.8 Nikkor P lens
Hong Kong friends- check out the 2018 HK PHOTOBOOK FAIR this weekend at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. There’s a bunch of Japanese photobook publishers in attendance- including Zen Foto Gallery. At their table you’ll find (signed) copies of my book Zuisha. Looks like a fun time- wish I could make it. The event ends at 6pm, April 1st.
Seen: 昨日 Yesterday
Who: 佐藤 充 Mitsuru Sato / previously on TCS
Where: Red Photo Gallery, Shinjuku
When: March 26 – April 8, 2018 / 12:00 – 7:00pm
I’ve posted every entry in Sato’s ongoing Yesterday series that he’s had over the past few years- He keeps on doing his thing, and doing it well. Every single time I see him he’s got a film camera around his neck- I can’t imagine him with out one. Sato is far from the internet street photo scene- he isn’t on instagram, he doesn’t have a website. In fact, the greatest online archive of his work might be in these TCS posts. He could be against sharing his stuff online, but I suspect he’s more interested in making pictures. What I mean is, I don’t think he can be bothered to keep up a website or social media account. And that’s fine. This approach is probably what gives his pictures a feeling of personal interest rather than a desire (direct, or an unconscious one) to make pictures for an audience along the pre-established tropes that so many Internet Street Photographers tend to.
Leica MP with 35mm f2 Summicron Aspherical lens