Street fashion: Tokyo Camera Style

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There are periods in all photographers' lives when, to some extent at least, they fall in love with the kit they use. Some move on and just see it as nothing more than a tool to achieve an aim, while a few set out to collect a certain brand or type of camera, lens or one type of accessory.

But as cameras, like many so many other products today, become more homogenised, there are those who want their camera to stand out, and be a statement in itself. One way to achieve this is to revert to shooting film and to take to the streets with a an old camera, perhaps adding an accessory here and there, or using a "toy" camera.

Of course, sometimes it is the desire to shoot film that takes the photographer down this route, or to rediscover something of their own past.

One place that has embraced this approach is Japan, and photographer John Sypal has been taking pictures of the cameras belonging to photographers on the streets of Tokyo.

Tokyo Camera Style began life as a blog but has recently been published in book form by Thames & Hudson. Here is a selection of the weird and wonderful cameras he has captured.

Konica Hexar
Konica Hexar
Leica M4, 35mm f/1.4 lens and Leica M5, 50mm f/1.4 lens
Leica M4, 35mm f/1.4 lens and Leica M5, 50mm f/1.4 lens
Ricoh Auto Half camera
Ricoh Auto Half camera
Asahi Pentax Spotmatic, 28mm f/3.5 lens
Asahi Pentax Spotmatic, 28mm f/3.5 lens
Nikon F, 50mm f/2 lens
Nikon F, 50mm f/2 lens
Canon AE-1 Program, 35mm f/2.8 lens
Canon AE-1 Program, 35mm f/2.8 lens
Makina 67
Makina 67
Rolleiflex 3.5F and Leica M4, 50mm f/1.4 lens
Rolleiflex 3.5F and Leica M4, 50mm f/1.4 lens

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Bedrooms of the remembered

Eom Ji-yeong, mother of Park Ye-ji who died in the Sewol ferry disaster, poses for a photograph with a picture showing her daughter (44th from left in top row) with her schoolmates when she was 15

When the Sewol ferry sank off the coast of South Korea in 2014 it claimed the lives of more than 300 people, the vast majority of whom were students from Danwon High School.

Reuters photographer Kim Hong-Ji photographed the scene and has since been in touch with relatives of some of the students, visiting their homes and taking pictures of the bedrooms of those who died in the disaster.

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Visual whispers: From image to sketch via text

What does a picture mean to you? That's the idea behind a Photographer Writer Illustrator by the Brighton-based group Miniclick.

They took eight pictures by eight photographers and stripped them of all context before handing them to a writer to create a fictional narrative around, or perhaps a poem. The resulting text was then passed to an illustrator for their version of the event, though one step removed from the picture. The results are intriguing, and sometimes unexpected.

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Infrared images reveal the unseen

The Village: Between Greystones and Rose Court, 2011

A photograph is always a simplified representation of a complex world, but Ed Thompson's latest work, The Unseen, takes this a step further. By recording the infrared spectrum he creates images that transform the world around us, forcing the viewer to search for visual clues to anchor the image in what we know.

The project was born in 2010 while he was researching a way to document the "haunted village" of Pluckley in Kent and came across articles suggesting that ghosts could be recorded using infrared photography.

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Ruskin's daguerreotypes

The Frenchman. Venice. The Grand Canal. The Casa d'Oro Under Restoration, 1845. Quarter-plate daguerreotype.

In 2006 a set of daguerreotypes which it was believed were once owned by, and in the main taken by, the 19th Century critic John Ruskin were sold at auction. Those images have now been published in a book and their provenance confirmed.

The pictures were taken in Italy, France and Switzerland around 1850. There are several of Venice, and what are believed to be the the earliest surviving photographs of the Alps.

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Halfway point in 24-year photo project


Every February the latest set of pictures from a 24-year-long series are exhibited in London and this year's set marks the halfway point.

The 24 photographers are each assigned an hour of the first day of the year in which to record an aspect of their lives. The original 24 met while studying at Central St Martin's in London and though they have gone their separate ways the project continues to unite them and their photography.

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Window-Shopping Through the Iron Curtain

Krakow, Poland, 1988, Three loaves of bread. Photograph by © David Hlynsky

Towards the end of the 1980s, the political map of the world began to change with the collapse of the Iron Curtain that had divided Europe and the battle of East v West seemingly over.

The collapse of the Berlin Wall saw thousands pour across the border from East Germany into the West, no doubt struck by the brash lights and shops full of just about everything you could dream of.

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Coast to coast across the US

American landscape

When photographer Charles Fox unexpectedly found himself heading to the US with his original plans in tatters, he decided to make the most of the opportunity and set out to travel coast to coast in that time honoured tradition of the photographic road trip.

Starting on the west coast, he spent five weeks making the journey. Sometimes he would linger in a particular state, at other times just pass through, the landscape little more than a blur through the window as he laid down the miles.

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At the pump

A worker prepares to fill a car at a gas station close to Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro

It is said that the world runs on oil, but according to some estimates there is only enough to last another 40 or so years. Others point out that there are plenty of other reserves yet to be exploited, and as technology improves we will be able to dig deeper and in more hostile locations, though there are of course environmental concerns with this.

Whatever the truth of it, the petrol pump can be found the world over. The process of filling up the family car, moped, lorry or whatever mode of transport you are using is much the same, and one likely to be with us for some time yet.

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Taking the plunge

A swimmer at Tooting Bec Lido

On a bright yet cold winter's day I can think of many things to do, and throwing myself into cold water is not one of them. Yet, around the globe there seems to be no end of volunteers to attempt this, and at the weekend about 650 swimmers of all ages and abilities took part in the sixth UK Cold Water Swimming Championships, at Tooting Bec Lido, in south London.

The challenge to competitors was to swim nearly 30m across the width of the Lido in water at about 3C. Photographer Nina Sologubenko went along to record the event and was drawn to the moment just before the swimmers took to the water.

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