I like traveling and one of the things I enjoy doing when I travel is to wander around (sometimes aimlessly) and shoot whatever catches my eyes. During my visit to Japan about 2 months ago, I used the Fuji X10 as my walkabout camera.
“Omni Polis” by Shogo Yamada and “Manila” by Jun Abe are the latest offerings by Osaka-based publishing company Vacuum Press. From what I gather, Vacuum Press is owned and run by a collective of 4 photographers (Shunji Dodo, Jun Abe, Shogo Yamada, and Yasuko Noguchi) who set up the company to publish their own work.
Last month, I went to Yokohama, Japan for a wedding shoot after which I extended my trip by an extra 2 nights in Tokyo. One of the things I try to do when I travel is to find out if there are any noteworthy photography exhibitions taking place during the time of my visit.
This is a follow-up to the Fuji X10 Initial Impressions post I recently wrote. This post focuses on using the Fuji X10 for street photography. I quite enjoy the discipline of street photography.
The Fuji X10 was recently released here in Singapore and I managed to get my hands on a set. It has been a long time since I bought a compact digital camera and I have been looking out for a general purpose carry everywhere camera for quite a while now.
Last month was the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. I recently got hold of a copy of Stepping Through The Ashes (photographs by Eugene Richards and interviews by his wife Janine Altongy), which was released in 2002 by Aperture.
A few weeks ago when I was in Hong Kong (HK), Typhoon Nesat swept past. On Thursday, 29th September 2011, Typhoon Signal No. 8 was issued and the whole of HK basically shut down. Schools, offices, the stock market and most shops closed and transport more or less came to a standstill. The MTR trains ran at a reduced frequency, hardly any taxis or private vehicles were on the roads and the ferry boats, trams and buses stopped running whilst Signal No. 8 was in force. My wife and I ventured out in search for food during the quieter moments …
I felt that my mission in life was to make visible what appears to be invisible and I do that as someone who is blind and comes into a world and suddenly begins to see. ~Bruce Davidson It has been 2 months since I reviewed Volume I of Bruce Davidson’s Outside Inside. I have flipped through Volume II a couple of times over the past 2 months and while I feel that overall, I personally enjoyed Volume I more, the power and intensity of his documentation of the Civil Rights Movement in America during the 1960s in Volume II leaves …
Shinjuku+ by Moriyama is a reprint in paperback form of his 2001 book Shinjuku with about 40 additional pages of photographs (which explains the “plus” in the book’s title). The book is printed full-bleed and is about 15cm x 11cm in size with 648 pages and features his street photography work in the Tokyo district of Shinjuku. Osaka+ is kind of a companion volume to Shinjuku+ featuring his street photography work from the city of Osaka. It is also printed in the same format and size and features 488 pages of black and white photographs. “Even though it wasn’t a town that …
Through fifty years in photography, I have entered worlds in transition, seen people isolated, abused, abandoned, and invisible. I work out of a frame of mind that is constantly changing, challenging perceptions and prejudices. I view my work as a series. I often find myself an outsider on the inside discovering beauty and meaning in the most desperate of situations. ~Bruce Davidson Bruce Davidson is one of my favorite documentary photographers. One of the first photography books I bought when I started getting interested in photography was the reissue of his 1970 book East 100th Street. Since then, I have come …
I first came across Tim Hetherington’s photography work after he won the World Press Photo of the Year award in 2007 for his photograph of an American soldier resting in a bunker in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley.
The current biannual copy of 8 Magazine focuses on Islam. According to their website, “8 Magazine looks beneath the surface and shines a spotlight on the issues that shape our world”
Most photographers who have an interest in the photography scene in Japan have heard of Daido Moriyama and Nobuyoshi Araki, but not many people have heard of Osaka based Japanese street photographer Jun Abe.
With my previous post on Japanese street photographer Daido Moriyama, this post extends on the theme of street photography.
Daido Moriyama is probably the best known Japanese street photographer.
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