Photo exhibition reception, Shinjuku
Leica M6 with 50mm f2.8 Elmar lens
Totem Pole Photo Gallery, Shinjuku
Seen: オレンジという青 / An Orange Kind of Blue
Who: 須藤広幸 / Hiroyuki Sudo website
Where: Totem Pole Photo Gallery, Shinjuku
When: July 10 – 22, 2018 / 12:00 – 7:00pm (closed Mondays)
Sudo’s exhibition at Totem Pole syncs in well with his previous one in 2016- the clarity of his sense of color coupled with the evenness with which he approaches everything- from bowls of strawberries to nude women to a nephew lying in state- creates an eerily transparent sensation of real vision. What I mean is, his pictures don’t feel calculated or composed, but felt. The longer you spend with a photo, the more it slowly makes itself known.
Perhaps this apparent lack of artifice is actually an artifice of its own. Still, despite subject matter that’s superficially related to stuff you’ll see on Instagram, Sudo’s cool handling of his output and correlations between the prints on the walls makes for something much more interesting and meaningful than you’ll see through a smartphone screen.
Fact: You’re probably looking at this through a smartphone screen. See the show in person, or get his photobook instead.
Seen: JAMAICA 1982
Who: Masataka Ishida
Where: Book Marc, Harajuku
When: July 7 – 16, 2018
I know next to nothing about reggae and certainly not enough about Jamaica- but Ishida’s fine photographs of Kingston in 1982 were well worth a visit to Book Marc in Harajuku. More images from this series can be seen here.
Leica iiif with W-Nikkor C 3.5cm f1.8 lens and external finder
Photographer: Johnny Manjiro / instagram
Seen: あの頃、新宿で・・80s Shinjuku
Who: 尾仲浩二 Koji Onaka
Where: Place M, Shinjuku
When: June 25 – July 8, 2018
80s Shinjuku is just that- snaps of this part of Tokyo in that decade through the eyes of photographer Koji Onaka. This exhibition- with many images printed and exhibited for the first time- show a Shinjuku of a different era, a time where the streets had actual grit and zero multi-national chain-store gloss.
Onaka states that in the 1980′s his life was spent in Shinjuku- through the 1980s and into the 1990s Onaka, while still in his twenties, set up a small photo gallery there called Camp. Camp served as a venue for his exhibitions and was a hub of sorts in Tokyo’s Shinjuku-centric photography scene. Looked like an interesting place- as you can see in the second picture, guys like Daido Moriyama, Masahisa Fukase, and Takuma Nakahira would stop by and visit.
Leica M4-2 with 50mm f2.8 Elmar-M lens
Seen: 三つ目の部屋へ The Third Room
Who: 原田直宏 Naohiro Harada
Where: Zen Foto Gallery, Roppongi
When: June 22 – July 14, 2018
Naohiro Harada’s second exhibition at Zen Foto is a series of photograms and street snaps charged by contrast between immensely deep shadows and vivid cuts of color- some slightly altered in the darkroom. Interestingly there was no digital manipulation involved in the creation of this series- The candid street work was shot on Kodak Portra through a Mamiya 645 medium format camera. The accompanying photobook for the series is one that would fit easily into a street photography photobook collection but at the same time be unlike anything else on the shelf.
Leica MP with new Summicron 35mm f2 Aspherical lens