Silvia Alessi Documents a Strange Dance in Japan

“Then, over time, I realized that there was nothing to understand,” says photographer Silvia Alessi about her Maze of Metamorphosis series. “It is a physical dance, not a conceptual one. The performer becomes things, he does not interpret them.” For sure, Maze of Metamorphosis is a series that will have you staring at the beautiful images. But you’ll also try to figure out everything that’s going on as each frame is packed with details. The importance of framing is surely a part of what Silvia is putting forth in this series.

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Zenji Uehara and His Experimental Photography Produce Unique Images

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“I want to convey a sense of wonder rather than logic”, says Japanese photographer Zenji Uehara about his work. A book editor until his mid-20s, Zenji quit his day job to pursue photography after seeing the photos of legendary photographer Daido Moriyama. The experimentation that Zenji pursues doesn’t just involve new techniques: he actively designs and invents new add-ons for his cameras and lenses, some of which have sold many units worldwide.

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How Shuko Kawase Uses the Fujifilm X-S10 to Take Better Street Photos

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“I look for authentic body language and real emotions. I think body language says a lot without exposing people’s identities and facial features.”, says Shuko Kawase of Japan, about her street photography. Having studied arts in various cities worldwide, she is currently based in Barcelona, Spain, with her husband Nicanor Garcia (also a commercial photographer). Late last year, Fujifilm Spain contacted them to produce a visual project using their newly launched camera – the X-S10. The couple spent 2 months testing it out as a street photography camera, focusing on the IBIS and its ability to help produce shake-free images.

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Chloe Jafe Takes Big Risks as She Photographs the Japanese Mafia

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“I don’t really consider the people I photograph as ‘subjects’ because a lot of them become part of my life,” says Chloe Jafe. She adds, “it’s a moment of connection, an exchange, where vulnerability is on both sides. Photography is just what is left from the moment.” Jafe, who’s based in Japan, has fully immersed herself in the culture. For a photographer, living in Japan offers a range of interesting topics. In Jafe’s case, she found herself focusing her creative energy on the Yakuza, otherwise known as the Japanese mafia. It’s a series of photographs and encounters that have spanned over six years. She has very kindly agreed to share the story with us.

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This New President Could Be Exactly What the Camera Industry Needs

The camera industry has needed a massive change for many years now, and he could do it.

When I read the press release and it said, “Leica Camera appoints Mike Giannattasio as President of its North American division, effective July 1,” I was very intrigued. Leica, I feel, has gotten back into their groove in the past few years when it comes to cameras. So when any new president takes over, I think it’s fascinating to wonder about how they could steer the industry. And Mr. Giannattasio is perhaps the one Camera Division President I’m most excited about at the moment. It’s my hope that Mr. Giannattasio will do precisely what I’ve been asking the entire camera industry to do for years. Further, I hope he’s successful in changing the minds of Japanese companies who seem to cater to what I feel is maybe 3% of photographers.

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Fujifilm NEOPAN 100 ACROS II Ships Soon in 35mm and 120 (Exclusive)

If you’ve been awaiting the return of Fujifilm NEOPAN 100 ACROS II, then get very excited.

Photographers lamented when Fujifilm NEOPAN 100 ACROS was discontinued, but according to Fujifilm Division President Manny Almeda, Millenials were responsible in helping bring it back. Now, Fujifilm is announcing that Fujifilm NEOPAN 100 ACROS II is returning to the market on November 22nd. Even better, the film is coming in 35mm and 120 formats. But it will only be available in Japan until early 2020 when it comes to the US and other markets. Fujifilm NEOPAN 100 ACROS II has a remastered formula to make it even better than it was, or at least that’s what Fujifilm claims. They promise high resolution, fine grain, and lots of sharpness. Photographers who love shooting portraits, landscapes, and more are going to have fun with this film. It’s even being touted for night photography.

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Arlindo Camacho Talks About His Well Executed Travel Photography

All travel photography by Arlindo Camacho. Used with permission.

“Japan is about peace and joy,” says Lisbon born travel photographer, Arlindo Camacho. He isn’t wrong either. Which is why Japan continues to be a popular hotspot for photographers far and wide around the world. But not everyone shoots in the style Arlindo does. While most visit Japan in the blossom season, Arlindo wanted to go against the grain. Instead, he focused on creating something different from the status quo. He explains, “I decided to go in the winter to avoid Sakura’s chaos even knowing that I would miss those incredible colors of springtime.” And it’s because of his planning that he came home with a series of images that we – and many others – totally fell in love with.

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Justyna Zduńczyk Makes a Beautiful Visual Summary of Kyoto’s Wonders

All photos by Justyna Zduńczyk. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Japan is a haven for photographers and it’s a fact that we think everyone won’t mind saying over and over. Whether it’s the hustle and bustle of Tokyo or the old world charms of Kyoto, there’s always a postcard-worthy moment waiting to be captured. In her wanderlust-inducing travelogue, Polish photographer Justyna Zduńczyk highlights the sights and scenes of the latter to give us a nostalgic glimpse at Japan’s old capital.

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Stefano Gardel Imagines a Cyberpunk Neon Future in Japan

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The neon trend may not garner the same interest it once did: we can’t blame those who think this trend has become overdone. But with the right idea and great execution, it can still net some really interesting work. Case in point is the cyberpunk imagery largely inspired by movies like Blade Runner. We’ve seen some really impressive ones in the past and we’re glad to add one more to the list. This time, it’s a re-imagining of Japan by Swiss fine art photographer Stefano Gardel.

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Giacomo Bruno Makes a Beautiful Tribute to the Masters of Japan

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When it comes to getting a glimpse of life in the world’s best-known places, Giacomo Bruno remains one of our go-to documentary photographers. The last time we followed the adventures of the Milan-based photographer, he took us to the depths of the Amazon forest in Brazil to show how the people of Beira do Río grow and harvest the açaì berry. His latest travels took him to Japan, which he found a fascinating country for its strong and heartfelt adherence to traditions, especially when it comes to art and craftsmanship. Of course, he couldn’t pass up documenting this particular side of the country’s culture. He did so by photographing the masters of the most typical and traditional of the Japanese arts.

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Donald Weber: Making Pictures About Something vs. Pictures of Something

As Canadian photographer Donald Weber talks about the parallels of his work in Fukushima and Chernobyl, he also reminds us of the difference between making pictures about something as compared to pictures of something.

In a nutshell, what does the work of a photojournalist or documentary photographer entail? Canadian photographer Donald Weber summed it up nicely in his opening statement for a VICE Picture Perfect episode on photographing the Fukushima disaster. “I love photography, but I’m not really interested in a picture. There’s a difference between pictures of something, and pictures about something. And I wanted to make pictures about something.” Among his biggest bodies of work that drive this point home are two that draw the parallels between the nuclear disasters of Chernobyl and Fukushima.

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Omar Essam’s ‘Japan Street Opera’ Shows How Inspitation Helps to Overcome a Creative Rut

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“It encouraged me to discover what I actually did over the next 18 days – without limits.” These are the words of Omar Essam as he describes the impact Japan had on him and his street photography. Having found himself in a rut, the Italian born photographer planned a trip to the other side of the world. Once he arrived he was overcome with inspiration, giving him fresh eyes and a thirst to create. Over the course of 18 days, he was “in a trance”, centered and focused on street photography. An environment in which he came into his own, he created some of his best work to date. In a series he calls Street Opera, Omar shows us his view of Japan – the country that gave birth to his fresh creative groove.

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This Photo Zine Showcases the Ubiquitous Vending Machines of Japan

This project could be a nice addition to photo zine collectors who are also fans of all things Japan.

Attention, photo zine collectors! If you’re fond of projects that are set in the eye-catching streets of Japan, here’s one you might want to support. Perth-based Natalie Blom is putting together a Vending Machines of Japan zine, which highlights the vending machines dotting virtually every corner in the country.

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Bruce Osborn Explores Parent-Child Dynamics in Japan with “OYAKO”

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While there’s nothing new about family photos and parent-child portraiture, an out-of-the-box idea can breathe new life to them as an interesting photography project. Case in point is the work of Tokyo-based Bruce Osborn titled OYAKO: An Ode to Parents and Children, which gives us a peek into the relationship and dynamics between parents and children in Japan. The idea for this series — which has been made into a book as well — came while he was doing another assignment, but more than just a side project, it evolved into a more meaningful pursuit to share a slice of Japanese life and culture.

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Steve Roe’s Stunning Kyoto Photo Diary Will Fill You with Wanderlust

Been dreaming of a lovely photo walk around the charming streets of Kyoto? Pack your bags, because this beautiful photo diary will surely get you booking a flight soon.

Japan is on every photographer’s dream destinations for many good reasons and the distinct look and feel of its cities is just one. If you’ve been bitten by the travel bug and have your eyes specifically on Japan, today’s featured photo diary by Steve Roe will give you plenty of reasons to put Kyoto on your bucket list!

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Todd Antony Explores Japan’s Unknown “Dekotora” Culture in Painterly Images

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Japanese culture is full of many fascinating and colorful subcultures, but perhaps there’s nothing as intriguing as the Dekotora tradition. As its name — a portmanteau of the Japanese pronunciations of “decor” and “truck” — suggests, it involves decorating a truck’s interior but following a certain theme, or an aesthetic even. Dekotora is a mostly unknown culture among the older generations, and UK-based commercial advertising photographer Todd Antony helps shed light on this through his personal project of the same name.

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The Fujifilm X-T3 Could Be Built In China; But Do We Care?

The Fujifilm rumor mill burst into life this morning with the discovery of the Chinese registration of the Fujifilm X-T3.

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that the Fujifilm X-T3 is coming soon, we have been hearing about it for months, even if unofficially. The discovery today by Nokishita of the registration of an X-T3 in China only confirms what we have all been expecting from Fujifilm. However, it also introduced a new ripple into this picture of the upcoming Fujifilm flagship camera. Apparently, the X-T3 itself will, in fact, be manufactured in China; a first for a Fujifilm flagship camera, these have previously all been built in Japan.
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A Look Behind the Scenes at Sigma’s Japanese Lens Factory

Sigma’s lenses, particularly the Art Series, have achieved widespread popularity – this is how they are made

I bet if we showed you how a lens was made, from start to finish (the first screw to the final plastic wrap), a large number of you would be surprised by the complexity of the process, as well as how many pieces go into such a product. It is easy to be ignorant to the process of putting something together when all you see is the final product. We all do it from time to time: be it over fast food or incredibly complex electronics. But today we have a special look inside Sigma’s Lens Factory in Japan and it’s just another reminder of how much work goes into these [amazon_textlink asin=’B00DBL0NLQ’ text=’Sigma lenses’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ce8bb53b-3833-11e8-8ec8-7945fd8ddc71′]. Continue reading…

This Documentary Will Satisfy Your Curiosity About Daido Moriyama

This documentary on Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama should be on your photography-related playlist.

Daido Moriyama has long been an iconic figure in the realm of street photography. He was noted for his depiction of the breakdown of traditional values during post-war Japan. Today, he’s revered for his gritty black and white photographs that present a distinct perspective about Tokyo. If you’re feeling stuck in a rut and in need of something to bring back your street photography mojo, watch this classic documentary that follows one of Japan’s most prolific and esteemed street photographers.

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Reza Bassiri Captures Osaka’s Glow with Kodak Portra

All images by Reza Bassiri. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Japan never fails to amaze in many ways, especially when it comes to everyday scenes and city life to photograph. Tokyo is a crowd pleaser and firm favorite of travelers and photographers, but it’s just one of the country’s stunning cities to visit and experience. In his beautiful street set, Paris-based creative director Reza Bassiri shows that Osaka also glows, especially when captured on film.

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Matthieu Bühler Takes Us to a Dreamy Stroll Around Neon Tokyo

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Japan is a paradise for photographers. It’s not just because of the latest and greatest in photography gear, however. Its cities are full of character that make them distinct, memorable, and certainly picture-perfect. Tokyo-based graphic designer and photographer Matthieu Bühler shows us how the capital alone makes for a dreamy street photography location in his beautiful set called Neon Dreams.

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