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What it is: Introduction to Rob Lange. Last modified: Mon, Jun 11, 2001

Blond Japanese by Rob Lange

Introducing Rob Lange

I first met Rob in 1997 when he was one of the finalists of the 2nd Tokyo International Photo-Biennale (read about it here) sponsored by the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. His street photos of Tokyo caught their attention, and later they made it into Weekly Asahi Graph magazine's Oct. 16, 1998 issue. The 12 photos that appeared in that issue is reproduced here. The series was aptly titled, "In the Mood for Tokyo." (Unfortunately, the magazine folded in 2000.)

And from the April 2, 1999 issue of the same magazine, a new photo column called "Tokyo Wonderland" featured one of his street photos every week for about a year. Many of the photos capture the decisive moment or the decisive person. And there's a lot of humor.

Rob is mainly a street photographer who hits the pavement and hunts for great images to be captured. Our Web page devoted to him has been totally redone. In addition to "In the Mood for Tokyo," there's also "Blond Japanese." It's a sample of his large collection of street portraits of young Japanese with blond or white hair. I've missed him ever since he left Japan to move back to his native Holland where he lives with his wife and two children. -Philbert Ono

He also answered our standard interview questions:

How did you get interested in photography as a hobby or profession? And when was that?
I studied painting for five years at the Academy of Fine Arts. In the ten years that followed, I made oil-paintings. At the end of this period, I started to use my camera more often to achieve my goal. But only after seeing photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson and an exhibition of a local photographer, I turned to photography completely in 1992-93.

How or where did you learn photography?

I learned photography on my own.

What was the first camera that you owned and how old were you?

I was 15 years old when I bought my first camera, but I don't remember the brand.

What kind of cameras do you use now?

Nikon F4, Yashica T4, and Mamiya 7.

What do you like about taking pictures?

Being completely free to walk around and take the time to wonder about everyday things, then try to capture it and show it's beauty to others. Art is already out there on the street, but hardly anyone seems to notice it.

What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

Street life in all its aspects. But maybe more the humourous side of it.

What do you hope to achieve with photography?

Show people that there is much more to be seen out there on the street than you would think at first glance.

What are your future hopes and dreams?

Try to keep on being creative in good health.

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