Can anyone understand how excited I was on my frst visit to Tokyo at 20 years of age ? I already had my Leica Camera and I was crazy to see and shoot everything, perhaps as a token of my exotic trip to such a distant place but also with some photographic priorities such as framing and composition. This is just of one of many BW vintage I have in my archive, and I have recently discovered a few from the then recently devastated Korea, and I will keep posting some very soon as documentary pictures. Scanned from an original print I had worked.
Once again I dedicate this one to my friends Norbert and Francis (Furachan ) who had asked me to send some to TE.
Happy Sunday to all. My next posting will be from Istanbul again.
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Tezic (17867) 2007-04-01 11:19
Merhaba İzzet Bey,
Harika bir belgesel... 50 yıl öncesi coşkunuz ile bugünkü arasında fark olmaması ise gerçekten fotoğraf adına çok örnek alınacak bir duygu...
Olrik (1645) 2007-04-01 12:22
here is an unordinary and fascinating document about Tokyo in the 50's. It's so japanese but at the same time so different that the actual Tokyo ! I hope that you'll post more pictures of your archive.
erel (11890) 2007-04-01 14:54
En büyük duayene sadece puan verilir çünkü hiç bir eleştriye meydan vermiyecek fotoğraf çeker sadece gözlerin açık bakarsın önünde saygıyla eğiliyorum
worldcitizen (7706) 2007-04-01 15:15
Yes, I can understand how excited you were! I took my first overseas trip to Japan when I was 19 years old, and those feelings are still with me very strongly. It is very interesting to see Tokyo frozen in time. There is still that mix of the traditional and the fashions of that time, still the motion and activity, but I can feel the passage of time through this B/W photo. TFS this!
nwoehnl (122) 2007-04-01 16:37
A fascinating 'oldie' from Tokyo, Izzet, thank you very much for pulling it from your archives. Amazing to think you went there for the first time half a century ago. The view from the Ginza street corner is well framed and includes a lot of lively details, not least to the balanced way in which the passersby are distributed inside the frame. It also seems that traffic in this area was decidedly lighter back then ;-)
scalerman (26900) 2007-04-01 16:43
I: great historical context for your old film and darkroom days. Don't you agree that so much of the argentic romance of pictures is gone with the advent of digital. I wonder what Harajuku looked like then? regards, c
salvator (19102) 2007-04-02 3:44
Hello Izzet Bey,
Your notes as always are so concise and straight to the point, and I cannot help but share your excitement, which I think has still not passed.
The photo with its sharpness, contrast and (still then) expertly use of light is a superb composition.
I wish you an excellent week, best personal regards. Salvator.
Furachan (0) 2007-04-02 7:59
ENcore un tresor que tu nous livres, Izzet, du cote de Yurakucho pres de Ginza si je ne me trompes. Elles sont fantastiques et vraiment precieuses tes images des annee 50, ce gens qui, quelques annees auparavant connaissaient la guerre et le fascisme nippon (qui fair resurgence d'ailleurs...) Plus ca change...
Merci encore une fois cher ami,
vagabondtravels (6511) 2007-04-02 9:51
Great documentary shot. What a great visit you must have had. Nice comp and tones. Good scan. Well done.
mortijo (12828) 2007-04-02 11:22
I've never been to Japan, but I thank you nevertheless to show me this document, freezing a street scene of half a century ago. There is a mix of traditional and western features and it brings back memories of street scenes around me at that time. I was 17 then.
Once again thank you.
smash2707 (3320) 2007-04-02 16:48
Hi, Izzet. It looks like the B&W postcards I collected when I forst fell in love with photography. Great contrast. I've never been in Japan, but if I ever go there, I'll feel the same way you did. Regards, Yvonne
AnimeshRay (9089) 2007-04-02 21:31
1965!! This must be one of the earliest photos on TE, ever!! What a nostalgic moment! Thanks for posting this.
avigur_11 (22087) 2007-04-03 12:20
An amazing piucture, with so many nostalgic tasts. It is so interesting the see the mixture of fashions in the street, and the simplicity of the shops.
I love the grain, that add the special old-pic touch.
noborders (1010) 2007-04-06 1:42
It's an excellent idea to post your old photos on this site (like Mesut Ilgim Bey is doing) : how Tokyo has changed since that time ! I was there some 15 years ago, kimonos were a real rarity (only for temple visits or for some festivals), and it probably has changed a lot still...
Ah, the happy days without all this car traffic are gone forever unfortunately, not only in the cities, all over the world !
mirlimi (42) 2007-09-22 6:23
Knowing the Tokyo of today, I must say I would very much like to visit the Japan of 1956... especially after seeing your shots.
Please do not hesitate to share your archives on this subject, they will be appreciated.
nimish23 (144) 2008-06-10 5:15
a very charming photograph. love the action happening in the photograph. The costume of the lady in front gives us an idea which part of the world this picture belongs to. The noise really adds to the charm. I cant wait to see your other photos from similiar series!
- Copyright: izzet keribar (keribar) (43841)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 1956-10-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Leica 111f, 35mm Leica Summicron F2
- Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2007-04-01 9:40
- Favorites: 4 [view]