Tokyo Camera Style celebrates 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. Individual personalities shine out from every portrait, with the camera taking centre stage. Many rare, customized and vintage analogue camera makes, models and lenses are captured and meticulously identified.
From poptastic plastic to heavy-metal, Tokyo Camera Style is a colourful parade of weird and wonderful cameras and their equally weird and wonderful owners.
'Entertaining ... an endearingly obsessive collection of curiosities'
'Sypal uses digital image-making and the internet to document our continued affection for the film-based medium, to highlight the vast range of analogue cameras that are still in use'