Tokyo Camera Style
- ISBN 9780500291672
- 21.00 x 14.80 cm
- Paperback with flaps with a jacket
- 299 Illustrations, 299 in colour
- First published 2015
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.