A lens probably none of us have ever seen before- and one that took its owner six years to find. This is a Petri 100mm f4.5 periscope lens mounted on a Petri FTE.
It works as you expect- and looks even weirder (and is lighter) than you think.
I can’t think of any practical use for it (I’m already 195cm tall) but as soon as it was in my hands I started wondering what it would be like to take out in public.
Amazing lens- thanks for bringing it to the gallery today, Kawada-san.
Fujifilm GF670 / Plaubel Makina
Photographer: Wan Chaofan / website
Totem Pole Photo Galery, Shinjuku
Rolleiflex & Pentax 645
2022’s been a pretty busy year- I’ve spent it on a lot of different projects.
I’m currently working on my next photobook- a collection of pictures taken in my home state of Nebraska from 2002-2014.
The earliest images were taken after my year abroad (2001-2002) in Japan- a period where, through extensive photography and an energetic location, I acquired a new set of eyes (and a few cameras).
Once my exchange program ended I found myself, glumly, back in the Midwest- a way to deal with the reverse culture shock and general Japan-withdrawal was to apply those new eyeballs to the middle-American-ness around me. I moved to Japan in 2004 but continued to photograph Nebraska each summer on two-week trips. My sense of “home” shifted from Lincoln to Tokyo- and pictures piled up as time kept flowing on.
A Japanese publisher, Kenbunsya, and designer Yoichi Yamada approached me to create a book of this work. Titled “Nebraska, The Good Life”- (the state tourism motto), it’s something that I’m proud of. Long story short, its publication is being made possible through a crowdfunding campaign.
Information on supporting it is in Japanese and English here.
The book is set to be published in February, 2023. The base level of support is a signed copy of the book. For Japanese addresses it is 6000 yen- international orders include shipping at 10,000 yen. Other tiers of support include both new and vintage prints.
I hope that you’ll consider supporting this project- and that that you’ll enjoy the book.
Leica M6 with Voigtlander Nokton 50
Canon Autoboy Luna Ai-AF Panorama
Leica Professional Store, Ginza
Nikon F with Nikkor-UD 20mm f3.5 lens
There are still a lot of great photo labs in Tokyo- my favorite local shop is YELLOW JACKET near Sendagi station on the Chiyoda subway line.
They offer same-day 500 yen processing for 35mm & 120 color color film. Highly recommended- in Japan but not Tokyo? They also offer film processing through the mail.
Seen / Exhibited: An Endless Attraction / Shitamachi Days, City Nights
Who: Me (John Sypal)
Where: Leica Professional Store Tokyo / Leica GINZA SIX
With Leica Camera’s generosity and invitation, I’m holding two exhibitions of 16×20 silver gelatin prints in Ginza in November/December of 2022.
An Endless Attraction, held at the Leica Professional Store in the main Leica Ginza space is a collection of some personal favorites from my archives.
A few blocks away in the Leica shop in the glitzy GINZA SIX complex I am sharing some new photos taken with the new Leica M6 in Shinjuku, Shibuya (nights) and Ueno, Asakusa (Days).
Copies of my new book Tokyo Silver Paradise will be available at both places.
It’s an honor, a thrill, and a dream to have a show with Leica like this- a double honor, thrill, dream to have two at once. Thank you, Leica.
Please stop by if you can!
タイトル： An Endless Attraction
タイトル： 下町日和 都心夜景Shitamachi Days, City Nights
東京都中央区銀座6-10-1 GINZA SIX 5F
Who: Yoshihito Muta 牟田義仁
When: Nov. 1 – 13, 2022
Who else is here and ready for the Tumblr comeback?