CP+ 2015 Yokohama Camera Show

Went to see Japan’s largest camera show that is CP+ 2015 in Yokohama on Feb. 14, 2015. Good weather, no snow, and lots of people. First I attended a talk by special guest Martin Parr in a large conference room at 11 am. He showed slides of his collection of photos on plates and trays, photos of Margaret Thatcher (whom he hated) on various paraphernalia, and other things. Then he showed images from several of his photo books. He’s British and basically a street photographer (besides being the president of Magnum Photos). He is always pursuing different shooting themes. One

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Shooting festivals in Japan

Spring has many festivals (matsuri) all over Japan. I’ve always been a festival freak or matsuri maniac. So how do you shoot great pictures of matsuri? Here are 10 tips for shooting matsuri in Japan: 1. Do your homework. Study up on the matsuri and find out all the details: exact time, place, route (if it’s parade), etc. Unfortunately, most such information is in Japanese only. If there’s any English info, it’s usually only basic and not exact. (Producing detailed English information is laborious and most official tourist information sources don’t do it.) Online information and printed materials are often not enough

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CP+ 2014


CP+ 2014 (Camera & Photo Imaging Show), Japan’s largest camera show, was held on Feb. 13-16, 2014 at Pacifico Yokohama. We went on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, the day after they canceled the show due to heavy snow. By  Sunday, most of the snow had melted and it was sunny. It wasn’t crowded at all to get in at around noon on the last day. Last year on the first day, there was a long line to get in. Now I know which day to avoid. Inside, the show was crowded enough. Hordes of men taking pictures of the pretty

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Chino Otsuka’s “Imagine Finding Me”

Another interesting photo theme with Chino Otsuka’s “Imagine Finding Me” series showing photos of her present self posed next to her child self in traditional scenes. Very skilled Photoshop work of compositing her adult and child images in one photo. Double self-portraits in a kind of time travel. Both girls in the photo are her. It’s everyone’s fantasy to go back in time and see yourself when you were younger. See more of her photos and watch her interview at this link: http://www.ago.net/chino-otsuka

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