Friday, April 17, 2009
Japanese Street Snaps
I bet everyone has seen this video by now of the "crazy" Japanese street photographers who crowd around fashion editors at Paris Fashion Week and take their photos. Street fashion photography, or "Street Snaps" as they are called in Japan are EVERYWHERE. In the west we know all about FRUiTS magazine, but there is also STREET, TUNE, Kera and about 10 other magazines solely devoted to street snaps! Then there are the other regular fashion magazines that have a minimum of 10 pages devoted to street snaps. So Japan is crazy for street fashion photography. On a Sunday in Harajuku all the photographers hang around down Omotesando Dori waiting for the right person to come past (which isn't so hard in Tokyo, everyone looks amazing!) I am lucky enough to have met Daisuke from Dropsnap, Rei Shitto from STYLE from TOKYO (formally from FRUiTS magazine), the guy from Ridsnap.and of course Gallermic, who I lived with, from The Fashion Ramone (which is over for now) Every party I went to on my recent trip had about 10-15 street snap photographers in attendance. It's crazy but really its the future. I am slowly seeing the trend emerge here, and of course it is everywhere online. I have had 2 Australian fashion editors tell me street fashion photography is dead, but I believe it's only just the begining.
Anyway my lovely friend Tavuchi, whose house we stayed at last month, is finally in Fruits magazine. Its the photo I witnessed being taken and I have been waiting and waiting for it to come out.
Pretty cool eh? My 16 year old self who first bought FRUiTS magazine would be so excited. (although it would be better if I was actually in the magazine, but I looked pretty stupid that day) I actually first bought FRUiTS magazine at Genki which is now sadly closing. Where will I get my Japan Kawaii fix now?