Tokyo Camera Style
Tokyo Camera Style
Founded in 2008, John Sypal’s blog, Tokyo Camera Style, has a devoted and passionate international following and has inspired a network of similar blogs worldwide. In street portraits taken on the fly, we see Tokyo’s film-camera enthusiasts posing with their favorite photographic equipment. The images not only catalog the amazing range of cameras used by the most obsessive photography geeks but also offer a glimpse into a street culture where the photograph means everything and the camera takes center stage. Now, 300 of Sypal’s colorful photographs of weird and wonderful cameras and their creative owners have been gathered together in a one-of-a-kind book. Often taken from above, with the camera owners’ faces out of view, the images show telling details that might otherwise have been missed: the clothes, the jewelry, hands and feet, shoes and socks, customized camera straps, and other photography-related paraphernalia. Beyond the wonderful selection of rare, customized, and vintage analog camera makes, models, and lenses are portraits of the individual personalities who make up the avid street photography scene in Japan.
Many rare, customized and vintage analogue camera makes, models and lenses are captured and meticulously identified in a colourful parade of weird and wonderful cameras – from poptastic plastic to heavy-metal – with their equally weird and wonderful owners.
Celebrating a uniquely Japanese tribe of camera obsessives for whom image means everything and proving that camera gear does matter, John Sypal, ‘the Sartorialist of the camera world’, introduces us to Tokyo’s style-conscious photography freaks, fresh from the fashionable streets of Ginza, Harajuku and Shinjuku.
In portraits taken on the fly, we see film camera enthusiasts posing with their favourite photographic equipment. Often taken from above, faces out of view, these images in Sypal’s signature perspective show us many telling details: the clothes, the jewelry, hands and feet, shoes and socks, customized camera straps, and other paraphernalia.
John Sypal was born in Nebraska in 1979, and has lived in Japan since 2004. A self-professed camera geek, he has owned and shot with a Leica MP, Leica M2 + 28mm, 35mm and 50mm lenses; Contax T2; Contax T3; Konica Big Mini; Mamiya 7 + 65mm lens; Pentax 67II + 55mm and 90mm lenses; Fujifilm GA645; Fujifilm Cheki; Fujifilm Instax 210; Polaroid SX-70 and a Polaroid 690. He is photographer and author of the monthly camera style feature for Nippon Camera Magazine. For his blog Tokyo Camera Style John uses a digital Ricoh GRDIII: he hopes that irony will not be lost on his readers.
21 x 14.80 cm